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Insects

The world is full of insects. Even though we've identified more than a million species, there are probably millions more we don't know about.

What characteristics make an animal part of the Insecta class? For starters, they all have three body segments: a head, a thorax, and an abdomen. Find out more.

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World’s Weirdest: Fire Ants Make Living Raft

World’s Weirdest: Fire Ants Make Living Raft

Threatened by rising waters, how can this colony of ants get away from hungry fish and reach dry land? Watch their escape plan come together. More...

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National Geographic
Infested!: Sniffer Dogs Find Bed Bug Infestation

Infested!: Sniffer Dogs Find Bed Bug Infestation

It's not just explosives and drugs that sniffer dogs can be trained to find. Warning: This video gives an all new meaning to the phrase "Don't let the bed bugs bite!" More...

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Animal Planet
Entomologist: Zoe Adams

Entomologist: Zoe Adams

Zoe describes her life as an entomologist and her most exciting discovery...found inside her boss’ arm and thigh. Ew! More...

Profile
Natural History Museum, London
Island Surprise

Island Surprise

Isolation can lead to unusual adaptations in animals. Take a closer look at some unique insects found on the Hawaiian islands. More...

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BBC
Insect Pictures

Insect Pictures

From army ants and bees to tree hoppers and wasps, explore more than 30 insect species in this photo gallery. More...

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Discovery
PacSci-Doku: Insects On Display

PacSci-Doku: Insects On Display

Solve this Sudoku-inspired puzzle to find the answer to this question: "What contraption made from a toy makes a perfect way to display insects?" More...

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Pacific Science Center
Sawfly Makes First UK appearance

Sawfly Makes First UK appearance

Entomologists get excited about small things, like the discovery of an unexpected insect on a tree in Scotland. Find out why this sawfly sighting made their day. More...

Article
BBC
Scientist Profile: Aquatic Biologist

Scientist Profile: Aquatic Biologist

Find out why Carlos de la Rosa, an aquatic biologist, sees insects as the key to restoring the health of the Kissimmee River in Florida. More...

Profile
DragonflyTV/PBS
Scientist Profile: Entomologist

Scientist Profile: Entomologist

Meet “Betty Bug,” an entomologist with a soft spot for cockroaches. Who needs sci-fi when you have cockroaches to study? More...

Profile
DragonflyTV/PBS
All Insects Are Invertebrates!

All Insects Are Invertebrates!

Insects make up more than 3/4 of all animal species. Learn how they differ from other invertebrates and where they fit in the animal kingdom. More...

Interactive
CSIRO
BugInfo: Science Fair Projects

BugInfo: Science Fair Projects

Here's a site just crawling with ideas for science projects that focus on insects. More...

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Smithsonian
Creepy Crawlies

Creepy Crawlies

No trick: You spend your life surrounded by creepy crawly critters. Find out why it's a good thing — although maybe not a treat — that these critters share your body and house. More...

Article
NOVA/PBS
Experimenting with Off-Camera Light (Sawfly Edition)

Experimenting with Off-Camera Light (Sawfly Edition)

To get an sawfly ready for its close-up, an entomologist-turned-photographer experiments with light sources and direction. Say “Cheese!” More...

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Scientific American
Fighting Wheat Stem Sawfly Through Resistance

Fighting Wheat Stem Sawfly Through Resistance

The Wheat Stem Sawfly lays its eggs in hollow wheat stems — and there the problems begin. Scientists look for ways to make wheat strains with thicker stems and other features to thwart the sawfly. More...

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University of California, Davis
Giant Rainforest Mantis

Giant Rainforest Mantis

Like a stealthy ninja, the giant rainforest mantis can disguise itself in the jungle. Other insects don’t stand a chance against this strong-armed assassin. Take a look. More...

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Science Channel
Insect world

Insect world

Did you know cockroaches can live without their heads for a week? Get other strange and surprising facts as you hunt bugs. More...

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British Council
Let’s Talk About Insects

Let’s Talk About Insects

There are more than a million insects in the world. Confused about how to distinguish this class of arthropods? You won't be after this easy overview! More...

Interactive
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
PacSci-Doku: Behemoth Insect

PacSci-Doku: Behemoth Insect

Use the available letters to solve this Sudoku-like puzzle and answer the question, "The Northwest Mountain Beaver is host to what behemoth insect?" More...

Game
Pacific Science Center

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