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  • 1. Insects
  • 2. Insects
    Creeping, crawling, flying, digging, swimming… insects are the most numerous group of organisms on Earth
    Insects make up 73% of all life on Earth whereas Vertebrates like us only make up 4%
  • 3. What is an Insect?
    Insects have a body divided into three parts – head, thorax, and abdomen
    Insects have three sets of legs attached to their thorax
  • 4. Stages of Life
    Egg
    Larva
  • 5. Stages of Life (continued)
    Pupae
    Adult
  • 6. Methods of Eating
    Insects have three ways of eating
    Mandibles are used to saw and grind food
    Tube-like mouthparts act as a straw to suck up liquids like water and nectar
    Sponge-like mouthparts secrete digestive enzymes, and lap up food
  • 7. Methods of Eating (continued)
    Mandible Close-up
    Leaf-Cutter Ant
  • 8. Methods of Eating (continued)
    Tube-like Close-up
    Monarch Butterfly
  • 9. Methods of Eating (continued)
    Sponge-like Close-up
    House Fly
  • 10. Methods of Movement
    Insects can get around in many ways
    Insects can fly, crawl, jump, even swim
    Chances are that wherever you are you are most likely being tracked by an insect
  • 11. Methods of Movement (continued)
    Hopping
    Floating
  • 12. Methods of Movement (continued)
    Flying
    Crawling
  • 13. Methods of Communication
    Insects possess a very low-level method of communication
    Many argue that they truly are communicating with one another, others argue that they merely are just lucky or it is a big coincidence that they do these behaviors
  • 14. Methods of Communicating (continued)
    Bee Dance
    Visual Cues