From Ancient Greek ἔξω (éxō, “outside”) + πτερόν (pterón, “wing”) + New Latin -ota (“having”), reflecting the fact that the nymphs (larvae) of winged species bear their wing rudiments externally; compare Endopterygota.
- A taxonomic superorder within the infraclass Neoptera – various winged insects that undergo incomplete metamorphosis.
Not commonly used.
The Exopterygota differ from the Endopterygota in that they generally undergo an "incomplete" metamorphosis. Their life cycle typically lacks a clearly defined pupal phase. In winged species the nymphs (larvae) generally bear external wing rudiments, which immature members of the Endopterygota do not.
- (superorder): Hemipterodea
- (superorder): Blattodea (cockroaches), Dermaptera (earwigs), Embioptera (webspinners), Hemiptera (true bugs), Isoptera (termites), Mantodea (mantids), Notoptera (ice-crawlers and gladiators), Orthoptera (grasshoppers, etc.), Phasmida (stick insects), Phthiraptera (lice), Plecoptera (stoneflies), Psocoptera (booklouse, barklouse), Thysanoptera (thrips), Zoraptera (angel insects) (orders)