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Insect Facts

Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Insecta
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to
Arthropoda
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats
Omnivore
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
2cm (0.7in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
30g (1oz)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
300cm/s (120in/s)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for
2 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Colony
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern

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Insect

Insects are the most abundant group of living creatures on earth with up to 30 million estimated species of insect found worldwide.

Insects can be found in all ranges of environment even (but limited) in the oceans and rivers. Insects feed on other, smaller insects and decaying leaf and plant matter.

Insects can been found to walk, swim and fly and are continuously evolving and adapting to the changing climates. Some species of insect, like the ant, have very sophisticated colonies with a successful power hierarchy.

Insects are known as invertebrates, meaning that they have no backbone. Most species of insect have a hard outer shell which protects the inside of the insect.

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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
4. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
5. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]

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