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INSECTS

By Ben

Wellstood

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What are Insects

Insects

(from

Latin

insectum

, a

calque

of

Greek

ἔντομον

[

éntomon

], "cut into sections") are a

class

of

invertebrates

within the

arthropod

phylum that have a

chitinous

exoskeleton

, 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.

[2]

[3]

The number of

extant

species is estimated at between six and ten million,

[2]

[4]

[5]

and potentially represent over 90% of the differing animal life forms on Earth.

[6]

Insects may be found in nearly all

environments

, although only a small number of species reside in the oceans, a habitat dominated by another arthropod group,

crustaceans

.

The life cycles of insects vary but most insects hatch from

eggs

. Insect growth is constrained by the inelastic

exoskeleton

and development involves a series of

molts

. The immature stages can differ from the adults in structure, habit and habitat, and can include a passive

pupal

stage in those groups that undergo

complete metamorphosis

. Insects that undergo

incomplete metamorphosis

lack a

pupal

stage and adults develop through a series of

nymphal

stages.

[7]

The higher level relationship of the

hexapoda

is unclear. Fossilized insects of enormous size have been found from the

Paleozoic

Era

, including giant dragonflies with wingspans of 55 to 70 cm (22–28 in). The most diverse insect groups appear to have

coevolved

with flowering

plants

.

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Top 5 Fastest flying Insect

1. Male horsefly

2. Brown plant hopper3. Hawkmoth 4. 4. The common cleg5. West Indian butterfly

The fastest insect on the earth is the dragonfly which moves at speeds of 57 kilometres per hour. The fastest insect on the ground is the cockroach whose speed is 5.4 kilometres per hour

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What Insects eat

ways of eating. Some insects eat other insects, like the mantis. Other insects prefer to eat fruit (fruit flies) while still others prefer to eat leaves (caterpillars). Generally, most insects eat anything found, though, like leaves, fruit, grass, dirt,

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