Insects: A Portrait of the Animal World
The world of insects is a fascinating realm, comprising the largest class - over two million species - of animals on earth. In this book, the basic orders of insects are detailed, followed by a general description of insect anatomy and structure. Then, there are considerations of life cycles and reproductoin, food and feeding, movement, self-defense, and unusual lifestyles. Beetles, bees, ants, butterflies, moths grasshoppers, termites, and many more creatures are discussed with examples from around the world, all illustrated with 86 brilliant full-color photographs and an engrossing narrative.
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abdomen ability to fly adult insects animal ants aphids aquatic attack bees Bioluminescence birds biting bugs Burying beetles bush-crickets butterflies and moths caddis flies called camouflage caterpil caterpillars cerci colony colors complete metamorphosis compound eyes comprise cycles dragonflies exoskeleton feed fertile flight flower front legs func gall wasp grasshopper group of insects hardened hatched head helps hind legs hind wings insect species insects with partial inside invertebrates katydid labium larvae larval stages lay eggs lay their eggs leg modifications males and females mammals mating modified molt moths mouthparts mouthparts adapted nectar nymphal stages nymphs ommatidia orders of insects ovipositors pairs of legs pairs of wings partial metamorphosis piercing mouthparts plant pollen potential praying mantid predators prey primitive proboscis protect pupa pupal resemblance segments shape social insects soft tissues soft-bodied sting tail end Termites thorax three pairs tion tough vast numbers water boatman Winged insects wingless workers