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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
No Taxon (Glossary)
No Taxon (D)
No Taxon Dictyoptera
Explanation of Names
From Greek dictyo, a net, plus pteron wing (1).
Dictyoptera is a superorder that includes mantids (Mantodea), cockroaches (Blattodea), and termites (Isoptera). It is sometimes treated as an order, with these three orders becoming suborders.

[Note: This guide page includes material copied from another with contributions from Troy Bartlett, John VanDyk, cotinis, and Beatriz Moisset.]
See Also
Dictyoptera (lycid beetle genus)
Print References
Borror, entry for dicty (1)
Internet References
Tree of Life--Dictyoptera
Insects of Cedar Creek--Dictyoptera
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.