Resources About Insects For Kids

With between 4 and 6 million species, insects are the most common animals on Earth. They populate almost every habitat from Antarctica to deserts, rain forests, lakes, mountain tops, glacier snow, and deep underground. A few live in the ocean.

Where there are insects, spiders feed on them. Ranging in size from just a few hundredths of an inch to giants with leg spans near thirteen inches, spiders are the ultimate insect hunters: stalking or building webs to catch them.

Animals with jointed legs are arthropods. Of these, only the insects have wings to fly, but air travel is an important method of dispersal used by other arthropods.

Facts about Wasps for Kids

Mother Nature doesn’t suffer creatures lacking in constructive purpose. Even the wasp benefits the planet. But the benefits can be hard to remember when a wasp sting swells human flesh to painful proportions, challenging the best home treatment options. A wasp is any insect of the order Hymenoptera and suborder Apocrita that is neither a […]

Thermoregulation in Insects Getting Warm in a Cold-blooded World

Most insects cannot fly until their body temperature approaches 100oF (38oC). Various behavioral and physiological methods of increasing temperature are used. The ability to regulate temperature is essential for most animals. Mammals and birds maintain a constant body temperature by separating the blood supply to the body from the supply to the lungs, providing a constant rich supply of oxygen to the muscles. Other animals, including […]

Facts about Damselflies For Kids

Damselflies receive far less press than dragonflies, although both belong to the same order (Odonata). Do damselflies (suborder Zygoptera) attract less interest because they’re somewhat smaller and less aerobatic than dragonflies? Or does gender bias play a role, with damselflies associated with things feminine? Their name derives from the impression that the slender insects are little damsels, daintier […]

Facts about Dragonflies for Kids

Dragonflies are characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies can sometimes be mistaken for damselflies, which are morphologically similar, however adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to, the body when at rest. Dragonflies […]

Facts about The Beautiful Actias Luna Moth For Kids

The “most beautiful” claim may be an exaggeration. But only the coldest heart could be immune to the ethereal splendor of a luna moth undulating through the night. That spectral flight plays out in deciduous woodlands throughout the eastern half of North America. In northern climes, spring is the prime viewing time. In southernmost regions, where three generations […]

Facts about Hornets for Kids

The true hornets make up the genus Vespa and are distinguished from other vespines by the width of the vertex, which is proportionally larger in Vespa and by the anteriorly rounded gasters. The best known species is the European hornet, about 2–3.5 cm in length, widely distributed throughout Europe, Russia, North America and Northeast Asia. Most species make exposed nests […]

Facts about Ants for Kids

Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period between 110 and 130 million years ago and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. Ants form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies that may occupy large territories and consist of millions of […]

Facts about Moths for Kids

Most of this order are moths; there are thought to be about 160,000 species of moth (nearly ten times the number of species of butterfly), with thousands of species yet to be described. Sometimes the name “Heterocera” is used for moths while the term “Rhopalocera” is used for butterflies to formalize the popular distinction; these, […]

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