Flying insects can be identified by the shape and type of their wings. It is easy, for example, for most people to identify the species that belong to the lepidoptera order. These are butterflies, skippers and moths.
Flying, biting insects can be identified by their markings, habitat, size or how many legs they have. One way to identify biting insects is by the kind of sores the bites leave. Preserving a dead insect for professional identification is important when trying to treat bites or allergy symptoms.
The peregrine falcon, or Falco peregrinus, is the fastest bird and the fastest member of the animal kingdom. When swooping or diving, it reaches speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. It is native to North America and historically known as the duck hawk.
What makes an insect an insect are six legs, jointed bodies and an exoskeleton. Insects are cold blooded, and lay eggs. They have no lungs but breathe through spiracles found in their sides.
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.
The fastest insect known to man is a species of Australian tiger beetle known as Cicindela hudsoni, which was recorded at 5.6 miles per hour. The next fastest is another Australian tiger beetle, Cicindela eburneola, which was observed in the same study to have a top speed of 4.2 miles per hour.
While insects are the most diverse group of animals on the planet, they can be difficult to find unless one looks in the right habitats. Insects are common on the flowers and foliage of plants, around decaying logs and on the ground among the grasses and weeds.
Human flight is possible, but only with the help of technology. No matter how fast a person flaps her arms, the human body is not capable of flight without the additional lift provided by synthetic wings or propulsion systems, like jet packs or squirrel suits.
Katydids are large green flying insects with leaf-like wings. The wings are oval and covered with veins that resemble those found on leaves. Adult katydids are over 2 inches long. These insects are related to crickets and grasshoppers.
The giant swallowtail, American grasshopper, various species of bumblebees, velvet ants and the yellow jacket wasp are various types of insects. Representative orders include Neuroptera, Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera, Hemiptera and Phasmatodea.