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Taxonomic Category Scientific Name Common Name
Phylum Arthropoda Arthropods
Class Insecta Insects
Order Zoraptera Zorapteran

Casandra Lloyd, Ecology Major, University of Georgia, Athens.

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(Greek, zoros = pure; apteros = wingless)
Common Names: none
Distribution: Tropical and warm temperate regions.

Zorapterans are tiny (less than 3mm), rarely encountered insects. The two North American species are restricted to the southeast where they are sometimes found in rotting wood. Winged forms (which shed their wings) are dark; wingless forms are pale. They look a bit like small termites, but with two segmented tarsi; wingless forms lack eyes and ocelli.

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