Insects are animals — a very specific kind of animal. They live under oceans, in deserts, on glaciers, in volcanoes, and — yes — even in your home. And there are wwaaaaayyyyyyyy more insects than people. Insects do lots of good work, like pollinating crops, cleaning up waste and turning it into good soil. They provide researchers with clues to answers on all kinds of scientific riddles, from curing cancer to fighting crime. They may even hold the secret to ending world hunger.
All insects have a few things in common:
- Six jointed legs
- Three distinct body parts (head, thorax, and abdomen)
- Most also have large eyes, antennae, and external mouth parts, but there are a few exceptions to this rule
If you like insects, check out our links below to learn more about the most fascinating kind of animal on the planet — the insects!
- What are insects? from HowStuffWorks
- Jokes for kids from Funology
- A great Amateur Entomologist Society Bug Club to consider joining (based in the UK)