Insects have long been objects of wonder for children. They have unusual color patterns and unique physical structures. Some even have intricate designs on their bodies.
These interesting physical characteristics arouse curiosity in young minds. Insects are also subjects of many creative arts. The best way to keep their interest is to provide them with these printable insect coloring pages.
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Insects are invertebrates with an external exoskeleton that provides them with excellent protection without sacrificing mobility, and they also have articulated appendages.
They are megadiverse and have adapted very well to almost every environment on the planet. Insects differ from other arthropods in that they have three pairs of legs and two pairs of wings, although the latter can vary.
Their size can range from 1 mm to 20 cm, while more giant insects inhabit tropical areas. Continue reading this AnimalExpert article, and you will learn all about the beautiful world and characteristics of insects, from details about their anatomy to what they feed.
The body of insects is covered by an exoskeleton composed of a succession of layers and various substances, including chitin, sclerotin, wax, and melanin.
This gives them mechanical protection and protection against desiccation and water loss. As far as body shape is concerned, there is a tremendous variation within insects.
They can be thick and plump like beetles, long and slender like phasmids and stick bugs, flattened like cockroaches.
The antennae may also vary in shape and be feathery as in some moths, long in grasshoppers, or coiled as in butterflies.
The diet of insects is enormously varied. Depending on the type of insect, they may feed on the Plant juice, Plant tissues, Leaves, Fruits, Flowers, Wood, Fungi hyphae, Other insects or animals, Blood, and Animal fluids.
In insects, the sexes are separate, and reproduction is internal. Some species are asexual and reproduce by parthenogenesis, i.e., by producing unfertilized female sex cells.
In sexual species, sperm are usually deposited in the genital ducts of the female during copulation.
In some, sperm are enclosed in spermatophores that may be transferred during copulation or deposited on the female substrate. The sperm are then stored in the spermatheca of the females.
Many species mate only once in their lifetime. However, others may mate several times a day. They usually lay many eggs, up to more than a million at a time, and maybe laid singly or in groups in specific locations.
Some species lay them on the plant on which the larvae will later feed. Aquatic species lay in the water. In the case of parasitic species, they lay their eggs on butterfly caterpillars or other insects, where the larvae will develop and have food.
Also, in some cases, they can bore into wood and place their eggs inside. Other species are viviparous and hatch one individual at a time.