While there are a million different types of insects, all have a hard exoskeleton which is segmented into three parts. In fact the word "insect" is derived from the Latin meaning segmented.


Sawfly is any of a group of four-winged insects. The name sawfly comes from the shape of the ovipositor (the egg-laying organ of the female).

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    Amazing Animals: Insect Quiz

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    Do honeybees hold the secret for faster Web servers?

    When bees are buzzing busily around a hive, it seems like absolute chaos. But there's a method to the madness: a dance called the waggle. And some scientists are applying the step to create faster Web servers. That's a solution as sweet as honey. See more »

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    How Bees Work

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    If you've seen a butterfly in your lifetime, you probably noticed their colorful wings, or maybe you saw one basking in the sunlight from a tree branch. But I bet you didn't realize that the butterfly you saw would soon die. Why are their life spans so short, and are butterflies on their way to extinction? See more »

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