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KIDS – Insect Heroes

Importance of Insects

Insects are by far, the most common animals on our planet. More than 1.5 million species of insects have been named. This is three times the number of all other animals combined. Many are yet to be discovered.

  • Insects pollinate many of our fruits, flowers, and vegetables.
  • Don’t forget honey, beeswax, silk, and other useful products that insects provide.
  • Many insects can eat a variety of foods including plants, fungi, dead animals, decaying organic matter.
  • Insects are very important as primary or secondary decomposers. Without insects to help break down and dispose of wastes, dead animals and plants would accumulate in our environment and it would be messy indeed.
  • They are the sole food source for many amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
  • Some insects are harvested and eaten by people in some cultures, the most popular are cicadas, locusts  mantises, grubs, caterpillars, crickets, ants, and wasps.
  • Uninformed people think that all insects are bad. You must always keep in mind that the good done by the many beneficial insects far is more significant than any bad caused by a few pest species.

 

Insect Heroes

Get a taste of the amazing world of some great edible insects via BUGfacts.net & National Geographic Kids.

 

Cricket

“My Home: I am found in North America and throughout other parts of the world. ”

 

Grasshopper

“I am found in gardens, fields, on crops and forests in almost all climates worldwide.”

 

Pill Bug (Rollie Pollie)

“My Home: I am found in most regions of the world. I live in moist dark areas, under rocks, bark, leaves and logs.”

 

 

Rhinoceros Beetle

Rhinoceros Beetles are among the largest of beetles in the world. The Rhinoceros Beetle is aptly named because it has horns on its head, very much like the rhinoceros does.

 

Dragonfly

A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order ‘Odonata’. Dragonflies are are not actually a fly even though they both have six legs and three body parts, head, thorax and abdomen.

 

 


 

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/hubs/insects/

 

Insects are small animals with six legs and a hard outer shell called an exoskeleton. Most have wings and antennae. Hereby more of information about the edible ones at NAT GEO KIDS!

 

Cicadas

“Cicadas are the elders of the insect world”

 

Dung Beetle

“Wherever there is dung, there are most likely dung beetles. They belong to three basic groups: rollers, tunnellers, and dwellers.” Read more about it

 

Tarantula

There are hundreds of tarantula species found in most of the world’s tropical, subtropical, and desert regions.

 

Check out some Weird But True! fact about Insects ! Source: NAT GEO KIDS !


 

HERE ARE 5 FACTS ABOUT BEETLES!

by M. G. Leonard

 

 

 

 

 

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