Bugs and Not-bugs

Lazily working on a small embroidered sketch of a Murgantia histrionica, also known as a Harlequin Stink Bug, which should have been finished by now except for the atypically rowdy visitors at the Museum today and the lack of an embroidery hoop. Since the planned on stink bug is not ready, here is a list of things that aren’t biologically speaking bugs vs a list of things which are biologically speaking bugs.
A list of things which are not, biologically speaking, bugs:

Tick

Ticks, while gross, are not bugs. Too many legs, no wings, so they’re not even insects.

Ticks

Lobsters. Sorry, they’re not bugs. They’re crustaceans.

Programming “features”

Spiders

Ladybugs

Coeli

This isn’t even an arthropod.

Worms

Volkswagen Beetles

Mosquitos

And whatever in the hell this thing is:

Hornworm

Actually, this is a Hickory Horned Devil, about six inches long. I am not kidding. This thing is HUGE. But it’s still not a bug. Mouthparts are for chewing and sipping, not piercing.

Yup. It's a bug. You can see the rostrum if you look closely. This bug happens to be a 17 year periodical cicada, so is old enough to drive.

Yup. It’s a bug. You can see the rostrum if you look closely. This bug happens to be a 17 year periodical cicada, so is old enough to drive.

A list of things which are, in fact, biologically speaking, bugs:
Aphids
Cicadas
Leafhoppers
Assassin bugs
and, of course,
Stink bugs

True bugs, order Hemiptera, are arthropods (jointed exoskeletons, three body parts, six legs, two sets of wings and a multiple stage metamorphosis life style) and as put by the Encyclopedia of Life “are characterized by unique mouthparts modified to form an articulated beak (rostrum) for piercing and sucking liquid food.” So, insects with straws for mouths like you’d find on a juice pack. That’s a bug. The others are all impostors.

References

“Hemiptera.” Encyclopedia of Life, available from http://eol.org/pages/539/overview. Accessed August 31, 2014.

“Hemiptera.” Wikipedia, available from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemiptera. Accessed August 31, 2014.

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