It's Entomology season!
Entomology is the study of insects. Insects are arthropods because they have no backbone but have jointed legs. They are separated from other arthropods because they have six legs and three main body parts. Scientists believe there may be up to 10 million species of insects worldwide, most of which have not yet been discovered! Insects are a very diverse group of organisms. The main groups, also known as Orders, of insects include Hymenoptera (bees, wasps and ants); Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths); Coleoptera (beetles); Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets and katydids); Diptera (true flies such as mosquitoes, fruit flies and houseflies); Hemiptera (true bugs such as stink bugs, cicadas and aphids).
Entomology Fun Fact
The North Carolina state insect is the honeybee and the state butterfly is the Eastern tiger swallowtail.
More Entomology Tips
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