Arkansas Wildlife: All About Insects

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Insects make up over 75% of all animals on the planet. Many insects also play a crucial role in pollinating plants and trees. Many flowering plants and trees depend on insects like bees and butterflies to spread pollen to make seeds. Watch as Education Specialist, Danielle Simmons, breaks down the different parts of an insect and teaches how you can capture insects in your backyard to observe and label. Fun Insect Facts

  • The number of insect species is believed to be over 1 million.
  • Insect bodies have three parts, the thorax, abdomen and head.
  • Insects have two antennae.
  • Insects have three pairs of legs.
  • Bees, termites and ants live in well organized social colonies.
  • Only male crickets chirp.
  • Insects are cold blooded.
  • Most insects hatch from eggs.
  • Some cicadas can make sounds nearly 120 decibels loud.
  • Spiders are not insects.
  • Bees are found on every continent except Antarctica.
  • Ants leave trails and communicate with each other using pheromones as chemical signals.