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aggregate

aggregate

Cluster of adult insects formed during hibernation; seen in ladybugs.
cocoon

cocoon

A pupal casing made by moth caterpillars and other insect larvae.
compound eye

compound eye

Eye characteristic of insects; consists of thousands of individual photoreceptor units.
Hexapoda

Hexapoda

Arthropod subphylum; named for their distinctive thorax with three pairs of legs; includes insects.
mandible

mandible

The lower jaw or jawbone in vertebrates; in insects, a pair of appendages near the insect’s mouth.
maxillae

maxillae

Paired structures present on the head as mouthparts; used for tasting and manipulating food.
pheromone

pheromone

A secreted or excreted chemical factor that triggers a social response in members of the same species; used by some species for communication.
pupa

pupa

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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