Body Segment: The Head

The head of insects is specialized for food gathering, sensory perception and neural integration. This makes sense because insects are bilateral, just like some other animals like dogs and cows, and the head goes first into the environment. This is in contrast to a creature like a jellyfish, which has radial symmetry! The structure of […]

Insect Body Structure & Function

As discussed on the previous page, the anatomy of insects includes 3 main body segments: the (head, thorax and Abdomen), all of which are covered by a chemically complex exoskeleton. The exoskeleton has portions that are hard and a waxy outer layer that is very important because it stops water loss from the body and thus keeps insects from […]

What is an Insect?

Insects are the most diverse group of animals on our planet. Several hundred thousand types of insects have been described—more than 3 times as the rest of the animals combined! They live in almost all areas including terrestrial (on land and in the air, including in the soil, on treetops, in caves, and just about […]

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