Orders of Arthropods
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The Orders of Arthropods

Arthropods make up several classes: Insecta (Insects), Crustacea (including desert shrimp, crayfish and sowbugs), Diplopoda (millipedes), Chilopoda (Centipedes), and Arachnida (spiders, scorpions, mites and ticks, whip scorpions and solpugids). The classes are composed of orders, some larger in number of species than all of the vertebrate classes.

NOTE: The old order Orthoptera now is divided into four orders. We have listed both names so they can easily be matched. Some arachnid orders are known by two names. Crustacean classification differs somewhat in level in many books; what may be called a class in one book may be called a subphylum in another.

Class Insecta
THYSANURA Firebrat.
ODONATA Dragonfly, Ruby Spot Damselfly.
ORTHOPTERA OR PHASMIDA Walkingstick.
ORTHOPTERA Broad-Winged Katydid, Camel Cricket, Creosote Grasshopper, Horse Lubber, House Cricket, Jerusalem Cricket, Pallid-Winged Grasshopper, Pictured Grasshopper, Snakeweed Grasshopper.
ORTHOPTERA OR MANTODEA Preying Mantis.
ORTHOPTERA OR BLATTARIA American Cockroach, German Cockroach, Oriental Cockroach.
ISOPTERA Tube-Forming Desert Termite.
DERMAPTERA Riparian Earwig.
ANOPLURA Human Head Louse.
HEMIPTERA Ambush Bug, Backswimmer, Boxelder Bug, Damsel Bug, Kissing Bug, Leaf-Footed Plant Bug, Milkweed Bug, Say's Stink Bug, Tarnished Plant Bug, Water Boatman, Waterstrider, Wheel Bug.
HOMOPTERA Cochineal Bug, Cottony Cushion Scale, Giant Cicada, Grape Leafhopper, Green Peach Aphid, Planthopper, Three-Cornered Alfalfa Hopper, Whitefly.
THYSANOPTERA Western Flower Thrips.
NEUROPTERA Ant Lion, Green Lacewing.
COLEOPTERA Agave Bill Bug, Bark Beetle, Bombardier Beetle, Burying Beetle, Caterpillar Hunter, Colorado Potato Beetle, Convergent Ladybird Beetle, Darkling Beetle, Desert Blister Beetle, Dusky Sap Beetle, Eyed Elater, Giant Water Scavenger Beetle, Green June Beetle, Hide Beetle, Hister Beetle, Horned Dung Beetle, Palo Verde Root Borer, Rove Beetle, Snakeweed Checkered Beetle, Snakeweed Long-Horned Beetle, Soft-Winged Flower Beetle, Soldier Beetle, Sunburst Diving Beetle, Tiger Beetle, Western Twig Borer, Yellow-Marked Buprestid.
LEPIDOPTERA Agave Borer, Black Witch, Bordered Patch Butterfly, Common Checkered Skipper, Corn Earworm, Gulf Fritillary, Orange Sulfur, Painted Lady, Queen Butterfly, Range Caterpillar, Salt Marsh Caterpillar, Sleepy Orange, Snakeweed Inchworm, Southwestern Corn Borer, Two-Tailed Swallowtail, Variegated Fritillary, Western Pigmy Blue, White-Lined Sphinx Moth, Yucca Moth.
SIPHONAPTERA Cat Flea.
DIPTERA Bee Fly, Bee-Like Tachinid Fly, Black Fly, Bumble Bee Robber fly, Drone Fly, Flesh Fly, Fruit Fly, Green Bottle Fly, Horse Fly, House Fly, Mosquito, Sheep Ked.
HYMENOPTERA Banded Tiphiid Wasp, Black Army ant, Braconid wasp, Carpenter Bee, Chalcidid Wasp, Digger Wasp, Giant Ichneumon wasp, Halictid Bee, Honey Bee, Leafcutting Bee, Paper Wasp, Rugose Harvester Ant, Sonoran Bumble bee, Southern and Red Imported Fire Ant, Tarantula Hawk, Thread-Waisted Wasp, Velvet Ant.
Class Crustacea
BRANCHIOPODA Desert Shrimp.
ISOPODA Sowbug.
DECAPODA Fresh Water Crayfish.
Class Chilopoda
SCOLOPENDROMORPHA Desert Centipede.
Class Diplopoda
SPIROSTREPTIDA Desert Millipede.
Class Arachnida
ARANEIDA OR ARANEAE Apache Jumping Spider, Apache Violin Spider, Black Widow Spider, Giant Crab Spider, Tarantula, Yellow Crab Spider.
SCORPIONIDA OR SCORPIONES Bark Scorpion, Devil Scorpion.
ACARINA OR ACARI Brown Dog Tick, Desert Velvet Mite.
SOLPUGIDA OR SOLIFUGAE Sun Spider.
UROPYGI Whipscorpion.