July 5, 2022
Dictyoptera is a superorder of winged insects, which includes modern cockroaches, termites, and praying mantises. Cockroaches are not similar in appearance and lifestyle, but they come from common ancestors that existed on Earth more than 300 million years ago. Among the representatives of this superorder, the most primitive are cockroaches, they have preserved the most ancient structural features, and their way of life is close to that of their ancestors. Mantises and termites are specialized groups that, under the influence of a special way of life, have acquired many specific features. The superorder includes more than 10,000 modern species.