Biological classification follows a hierarchical rule, whereby species (sexually compatible organisms) are grouped into genera; genera are grouped into families and so on.
The list below expresses this structure in the traditional top down format, in which the higher levels of classification hold the most species, with each subsequent category including sequentially fewer organisms, but there being more units within each subsequent category. That is while families collectively include more species than genera, there are fewer families than there are genera.
Note that there are strict rules governing the naming of new species (see ICZN). FlyEvidence reserves the right to choose and publish names for new taxa discovered during provision of identification services.
Professional insect identification uses the convention for binomial names, which is for the genus name to begin with a capital letter and for the species name to begin with lowercase. Both Genus and species should be italicised.
An outline of insect classification can be found here. As research in phylogeny developed, this classification can change - that is, it is not fixed. This has been the case recently in particular reference to molecular (DNA) research, which has combined some previous separate orders into one.
Red = insects and allies
Green = plants
Blue = birds and mammals etc
A fractal is a mathematical or geometrical figure (subset of a Euclidean space). This one was composed using the relative number of species in each of the major zoological groupings (e.g. invertebrates). The red colours are all insects (i.e. Hexapoda); orange colours are other invertebrates; greens are terrestrial plants, the muddier browns being algae, fungi and microbial life; and the blue represents all the vertebrates (fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals).
As can be seen by the proliferation of red in the fractal, insects are by far the most abundant life form on Earth. In fact, there are more beetles, than any other group of organisms.
"creator must have an inordinate fondness for beetles"