Antennae Types

aristate antenna

Aristate Antenna

Aristate antennae are pouch-like with a lateral bristle.

Example: House flies.

capidate antenna

Capitate Antenna

Capitate antennae are abruptly clubbed at the end.

Example: Butterflies.

clavate antenna

Clavate Antenna

Clavate antennae are gradually clubbed at the end.

Example: Carrion beetles (a family of beetles in which the adults generally feed on decaying animal matter or on the maggots that feed on carrion.)

filiformis antenna

Filiformis Antenna

Filiformis antennae have a thread-like shape.

Example: Ground beetles and cockroaches. (Ground beetles are so called because many species do not fly and lack hind wings).

geniculate antenna

Geniculate Antenna

Geniculate antennae are hinged or bent like an elbow.

Example: Bees and ants.

monoliform antenna

Monoliform Antenna

Monoliform antennae are bead-like in shape.

Example: Termites.

pectinate antenna

Pectinate Antenna

Pectinate antennae have a comb-like shape.

Example: Fire-coloured beetles and glow-worms.

plumose antenna

Plumose Antenna

Plumose antennae have a brush or feather-like shape.

Example: Moths and mosquitoes.

serrate antenna

Serrate Antenna

Serrate antennae have a sawtoothed shape.

Example: Click beetles (they derive their name from the clicking noise produced by a hingelike structure on their elytra. The click is produced when the beetle rights itself after falling on its back).

setaceous antenna

Setaceous Antenna

Setaceous antennae have a bristle-like shape.

Example: Dragonflies.