While I’ve been in Manhattan, KS and exploring the nearby Konza Prairie, I’ve tried to take some pictures every once and a while. Below, posing nicely on a classmate’s leg, is an insect which will represent it’s suborder, Heteroptera, for tonight’s Monday Mandarin Meanings:
In Mandarin, this suborder of bugs is termed bànchìmù:
I can say “bugs” because Heteroptera is within the order Hemiptera, the “true bugs”.
The first character, bàn, means “half”, chì means “wing”, and mù means “Order”, as in taxonomic Order. Heteroptera is called the “Half Wing Order” because part of their wings are harder than the other part, which can be seen by the lines that form a triangle on the rearward face of the wings in the photo above. I apologize for my imprecise wing part descriptions – I’ve never been great with wing terminology because worker ants don’t have wings! Wikipedia reminds me that the hardened portion on the wings is called “hemelytra”, similar to “elytra”, the entirely hardened forewings of beetles.
I like Hemipterans because I think many of them look kinda cute, cool, or both. Case in point: here.