Insects are cold blooded and have six legs, three main body parts and an exoskeleton. Insects also lay eggs and many have four wings.Continue Reading
Insects have a hard protective covering called an exoskeleton. Because they lack backbones, they are invertebrates. An insect's body has three major body parts, including a head, thorax and abdomen. Insects can live on land, in the water or both and are cold-blooded creatures that require the sun to warm them. Most insects have antennae that allow them to touch, taste, hear and smell. These antennae help them locate food and sense danger from predators.
Some insects go through a complete metamorphosis, meaning they grow into completely different creatures than they were in their larval stage. Insects that go through this change include butterflies, true flies and beetles. Insects that go through an incomplete metamorphosis look very similar to adults of the same species, only smaller. Cockroaches and grasshoppers go through an incomplete metamorphosis.
There are more than one million insect species in the world today and they are the most diverse group of creatures in the world. Each insect is important and each has a different function, ranging from predator to prey to host. There are currently more insects in the world than all the land animals combined.Learn more about Bugs
Crickets are omnivores and will eat fruit, seeds, leaves, other insects, nectar and parts of dead animals. While they are agricultural pests that will eat crops and seeds, this occurs rarely. Overall, crickets are not bothersome to humans.Full Answer >
Millipedes don't all have the same number of legs; the amount of legs a millipede has will depend on how many body segments it has. Millipedes have two pairs of legs per body segment.Full Answer >
An insect is an arthropod with three pairs of legs and a body comprising three segments. Insects are the only members of the arthropod phylum with wings. The phylum Arthropoda also includes arachnids, crustaceans, centipedes and millipedes.Full Answer >
Identify bugs by counting their legs; checking for wings, antennae or feelers; and looking for moving jaw or mouth parts. Use this information to identify the bugs with an insect field guide or with online tools, such as Bugfinder.Full Answer >