Back to Basics- Insects
We are day number 3 of our back to basics month. Today we are learning about insects with our professor of insects Gracie Grasshopper!
Number of species- nearly 1 million, that’s right we insects account for about 97% of all known species on earth. We arthropods outnumber all other animals on earth.
- Insects have a segmented body. It’s divided into 3 sections; the head, the thorax and the abdomen.
- Insects are invertebrates. We do not have endoskeletons, like the mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. We have an exoskeleton! Our bodies are covered in hard coverings made of chitin.
- We have two antennae and 6 legs. Each leg has five parts.
- We hatch from eggs.
Insects are generally divided into two groups, insects with wings and insects without wings. I myself have wings.
We either have compound eyes or simple eyes and there are some of us with both types.
We do not have true ears, but we have organs that help us listen to vibrations in our environment.
We do not have lungs or gills to breathe. Instead we have a series of tubes to “breathe” oxygen and expel carbon dioxide.
Yes, we insects have brains. They are tiny and we don’t quiet use them the way other animals do.
There you have the basics of being an insect!
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YEAR OF THE DRAGON FRIDAY!
Well folks, we’ve reached the end of our dragon theme week! We hope you have enjoyed our first theme week! We sure had fun searching the world for real dragons! Today we went searching into the fascinating insect world to find a dragon that flies! We bet you guessed our animal! Let’s meet…
MEET THE EMPEROR DRAGONFLY!
Range/Habitat: Europe-Asia/ near ponds, lakes
Diet: carnivore: tadpoles, butterflies
Length: up to 4” wingspan
Conservation Status: common
- Emperor Dragonflies are the largest species of dragonfly in the UK and one of the largest in Europe.
- Male emperor dragonflies have a large blue body and a green thorax.
- Female emperor dragonflies have all green bodies and thorax.
- Emperor dragonflies catch their prey while in flight.
- Emperor dragonflies are born underwater. They live in the nymph stage and take up to 2 years to reach adulthood.
- Emperor dragonflies are one of the fastest flying insects on the planet!
Emperor dragonflies are beautiful bugs! We love their iridescent colors! They can fly up to 25-30 miles per hour! WOW! Edmond wants to race some Emperor dragonflies! Who wants to join us?
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