How Are Bugs and Insects Different?


General Pest Control    Spiders    Stinging Insects    Stink Bugs   

"Bug" is a universally accepted term used to describe most creepy crawly creatures we encounter. But, not everything we call a bug is truly a bug. In fact, the critters we call "bugs" can fall into one of three categories: bugs, insects, or arachnids. Confused yet? Check out the infographic below to learn some of the main differences between bugs, insects, and arachnids.

differences between bugs insects and arachnids infographic



Order: Hemiptera 

Class: Insecta 

Phylum: Arthropods 

Kingdom: Animalia 

Characteristics: Hardened Forewings, No Teeth, Stylet (straw-shaped mouth for sucking juice from plants or mammals), One Set of Wings 

Life Cycle:  Incomplete Metamorphosis (Egg, Larva/Caterpillar, Winged Adults) 

Numbers: 75,000 Species 

Popular Species: Cicadas, Stink Bugs, Bed Bugs, Water Bugs, Aphids, Boxelder Bugs, Lice 



Order: Hymenoptera 

Class: Insecta 

Phylum: Arthropods 

Kingdom: Animalia 

Characteristics: Three Part Bodies (Head, Thorax, Abdomen), Two Pairs of Wings (in some species, only reproductive members have wings), Three Pairs of Legs, Sensory Antennae, Proboscis (retractable "straw") or Chewing Mouth Parts  

Life Cycle: Metamorphosis (Egg, Larva/ Caterpillar, Pupa/ Coccoon, Adult) 

Numbers: 150,000 Species 

Popular Species: Bees, Mosquitoes, Cockroaches, Beetles, Ants, Dragonflies, Moths, Wasps, Flies, Grasshoppers, Crickets 



Class: Arachnids 

Phylum: Arthropods 

Kingdom: Animalia 

Characteristics: Eight Legs, No Antennae, No Wings, Two Body Segments 

Life Cycle: Egg, Immature (Resembles Adult) or Bear Live Young (Scorpions) 

Numbers: 100,000 Species 

Popular Species: Centipedes, Spiders, Ticks, Mites, Scorpions


Here at American Pest, we are prepared to handle all types of bugs, insects, and arachnids! If you have concerns about any of these pests in or around your home, be sure to contact us today.

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