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A class of hexapods that possess three body segments, six legs and make up half of the living animals on earth.
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Cluster of adult insects formed during hibernation; seen in ladybugs.
A pupal casing made by moth caterpillars and other insect larvae.
Eye characteristic of insects; consists of thousands of individual photoreceptor units.
Arthropod subphylum; named for their distinctive thorax with three pairs of legs; includes insects.
The lower jaw or jawbone in vertebrates; in insects, a pair of appendages near the insect’s mouth.
Paired structures present on the head as mouthparts; used for tasting and manipulating food.
A secreted or excreted chemical factor that triggers a social response in members of the same species; used by some species for communication.
Life cycle stage of many insects; occurs between the larval and adult stages and during which the insect is immobile, may be encased within a cocoon, and changes into the adult form.
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Discusses characteristics of insects.
Douglas Wilkin, Ph.D.
Jean Brainard, Ph.D.
February 24, 2012
September 04, 2016
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