There are an estimated 30 million species!
Insects Scientific Classification
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Insects Conservation Status
- There are an estimated 30 million species!
Insects Physical Characteristics
- Skin Type
- 2 years
- 30g (1oz)
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Insects are the most abundant group of living creatures on earth with up to 30 million estimated species of insect found worldwide. And to answer a question we get often: yes, insects are animals.
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 have 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.View all 15 animals that start with I
Insects FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Are Insects herbivores, carnivores, or omnivores?
Insects are Omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and other animals.
What Kingdom do Insects belong to?
Insects belong to the Kingdom Animalia.
What class do Insects belong to?
Insects belong to the class Insecta.
What phylum to Insects belong to?
Insects belong to the phylum Arthropoda.
What is an interesting fact about Insects?
There are an estimated 30 million species of Insect!
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