What is an insect?
An insect is an invertebrate - an animal without a backbone
Unlike us who have our bones on the inside, an insect has its skeleton on the outside of its body - it's called an exo-skeleton
Insects have six legs
Most insects have wings
Insects have three body parts - a head, a thorax (the middle bit), and an abdomen (the end bit)
Insects have two antennae and two eyes on their heads to sense the world around them
There are more types of insects than any other type of animal on the planet, these include: beetles, bees, butterflies and moths, bugs, grasshoppers and crickets, dragonflies, wasps, ants, and flies
Other invertebrates which are NOT insects include: spiders, woodlice, millipedes, centipedes, crabs and lobsters
Which one is not an insect?
All of the bug photos on this page are of insects, except one! Can you tell which one it is? (look below to check your answer!)
|Meadow grasshopper |
© Greg Hitchcock
Free downloadable resources - classroom activities, colouring sheets and a bug wordsearch!: Bug Activities
Need an introduction to invertebrates?
In this section we take great pleasure in introducing you to the weird and wonderful world of bugs: Discover bugs
Life in the Undergrowth
A section packed with fascinating facts and strange details about bugs. Inspired by the BBC's Life In The Undergrowth series featuring David Attenborough: Life in the Undergrowth
Top tips for wildlife gardening
Find out about the small steps your school can take that will make a big difference to bugs: Top tips for wildlife gardening
|Cliff tiger beetle © Andrew |
Become a Bug Buddy!
'Bugbuddies' is a publication we send to our members. Although aimed at older children (aged 12 years +) and young people, it provides a good general introduction to bugs for anyone. You can carry out some activities featured in Bugbuddies here: Bugbuddies
Find out about studying bugs
Tips and advice to get you and your school started studying bugs: Study bugs
Test your bug knowledge
A fun online quiz where you can test your own bug knowledge: Bug Quiz
BBC Breathing Places Schools - click here
|Brown-banded carder bee © |
Did you spot it? Yes - the non-insect on this page is the Pill millipede!
|Large red damselfly © Jon Mold|