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Dictyoptera (cockroaches, mantises and termites)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Phylum: Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Polyneoptera

Mantises and termites evolved from cockroach-like ancestors and hence are included in the same taxon as cockroaches rather than being in their own orders as was formerly the case. This over-arching taxon is the Dictyoptera and thus includes the previous insect orders of Blatodea (cockroaches), Mantodea (mantids) and Isoptera (termites).


Blattodea (cockroaches)

Isoptera (termites)

Mantodea (mantids)

Text by Hamish G. Robertson