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Imaginary phasmid drawings...  (Macropterous vs. Apterous) | by Addicted2Hymenoptera
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Imaginary phasmid drawings... (Macropterous vs. Apterous)

This drawing was made especially for the understanding of the variations between apterous, brachypterous and macropterous phasmids.


If you don't know what these terms mean, I will explain:...

This is all part of the world of insect evolution...


Apterous means that the insect, or in this case, the phasmid has no sign of wings at all and is incapable of flying. Brachypterous means that the phasmid has very small and reduced wings that almost act as ''decorations'' so to speak and have no flight purpose. Macropterous means that the phasmid (or) insect has full sized visible wings that allows it to fly. These things occur in the Heteroptera family as well...

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Taken on February 23, 2010