Animals

Insects

Ladybug or LadybirdInsects are the most diverse class of arthropods, and the most diverse group of animals on Earth.

The majority of known animal species are insects.

There may be as many as 10 million different insect species.

Most insects live in land, although a few live in water.

They are the only invertebrates (animals without backbones) that can fly.

All insects have a body that is made up of three segments, which are known as the head, the thorax and the abdomen.

Each of these segments is made up of smaller segments.

The head has a pair of compound eyes, a pair of antennae and appendages that are modified for eating (mouthparts.)

Three pairs of segmented legs are attached to the thorax.

The thorax may also have one or two pairs of wings.

The abdomen contains digestive and reproductive organs.

Almost all insects undergo a process called metamorphosis, in which the insect's body changes its outward appearance during its lifetime.

Click on the links below to find out more about different types of insects.

1 Beetle Marcia Malory 3296
2 Butterflies and Moths Marcia Malory 1283
3 Butterfly – Comma Marcia Malory 1116
4 Butterfly – Eurasian White Admiral Marcia Malory 1516
5 Butterfly – Fritillaries Marcia Malory 1267
6 Butterfly – Purple Emperor Marcia Malory 2359
7 Butterfly – Wood White Marcia Malory 1155
8 Flies Marcia Malory 1169
9 Hoverflies Marcia Malory 2828
10 How Bees Make Honey Marcia Malory 964
11 How Bees Sting Marcia Malory 1002
12 Hymenopterans - Ants, Bees, Wasps Marcia Malory 1093
13 Migration of Insects Marcia Malory 1043
14 Orthopterans - Crickets and Grasshoppers Marcia Malory 1122
15 Weevils Marcia Malory 1991