Insecta – Insects / bugs
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Insects feature bilateral symmetry, a ventral nerve cord, and a unique heart that operates within an open circulatory system. Their segmented exoskeleton allows flexible movement through paired legs and antennae (jointed appendages).
Insects can walk, fly, or even swim and are ‘cold-blooded,’ meaning their internal temperature changes with the environment. They live almost anywhere life can thrive.
They have a rich evolutionary history dating back to the Paleozoic Era and close evolutionary ties with crustaceans(shell creatures like crabs).
Insects have diverse social behaviors, from solitary to organized colonies, and communicate using methods like pheromones and sounds. Their role is essential in pollination, maintaining ecosystem balance, and supporting agriculture; humans can not exist without them.
There are already over a million species (over 80% of all animal species!) in the Class Insecta, and scientists believe there may be millions more yet not found. Nearly 10,000 new insect species are found every year.
Orders in this class
These miniscule jewels are the trendsetters of the insect world
These buzzing dancers are the aerialists of insect world
Symbols of transformation and beauty: a color and pattern-filled living canvas
Buzzing brilliance… Wings with stings!
The piercing bugs – bugs with an x-factor!
These chirping and bouncing bugs are the orchestra players of the insect world
Valuable for monitoring water quality in different ecosystems due to their sensitivity to pollution
Their transparent, veined wings distinguish them from other insects
Their presence near freshwater habitats contributes to the delicate ecological balance
Famous for mimicry and adaptations to blend in
Holds the record for the shortest living life cycle on earth
Ancient insects with a lineage dating back over 300 million years ago
Their “praying” posture is not just for show; it serves as a crucial adaptation for ambush hunting
Hidden in the corners of our homes