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Facts About Insects
   
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Insects are a class of invertebrates that have a three-part body (head, thorax and abdomen), three pairs of jointed legs, compound eyes and one pair of antennae.

 

They are among the most diverse groups of animals on the planet, including more than a million described species and representing more than half of all known living organisms.

 

 


 

 

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Adult insects typically move about by walking, flying or sometimes swimming.

 

Insects are the only invertebrates to have evolved flight. Many insects spend at least part of their lives underwater.

 

Some species, such as water striders, are capable of walking on the surface of water.

 

Insects are mostly solitary, but some, such as certain bees, ants and termites, are social and live in large, well-organized colonies. 

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Humans regard certain insects as pests. Some insects damage crops by feeding on sap, leaves or fruits. A few parasitic species are capable of transmitting diseases to humans, pets and livestock.

 

Ladybirds are not pests.  They eat growing greenfly which devour our summer plants and vegetables.  Ladybirds can eat up to a

100 greenfly  in a day!

 

If we did not have dung beetles, our world would be covered in poo from all the animals!

 

The Elm Bark Beetle eat Elm Tree Fungus which kills Elm Trees.

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Ants have 6 legs and are about 1 cm long.  They live with other ants in an ant hill and this is ruled by a queen ant who spends her life laying eggs.

 

Worker ants live for 7 years and queen ants live for 14 years.  They listen through their legs and have an aazing sense of direction.

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