Flying Insects

Part of Flight Week

During Mini Beast Week we were finding out about insects but we mostly focused on spiders.

Today we are looking at insects that fly.

Recap on Insects

Invertebrates are animals without a backbone and include multi-legged, hard bodies mini beasts known as arthropods.

Can you remember which characteristics help you to identify an insect?

  • Six legs
  • Three body sections - head, thorax and abdomen
  • Pair of antennae
  • Exoskeleton
  • Compound eyes
  • Most have wings
  • Three or four stage life cycle (egg, larva or nymphs, pupa and adult)

There are many different groups of insects but we will look mainly at insects that fly.

How many can you name - here are some to get you started.

  • Butterfly
  • Dragonfly
  • Ladybird
  • Bluebottle fly
  • Bumblebees
  • Beetles
  • Crickets
  • Ants

Fun Garden Activity

Let's do some insect investigation in our garden.

Have a look at the activity sheet and at the insect and plant identification sheet from the Eden Project.

You need to spend some time on this activity and revisit it on many occasions to see if you can find some insects and maybe some wildflowers such as daisies and buttercups.

Did you know that the Eden Project that you can read about on the link below is considering building a similar structure in Dundee - how exciting!

So how do insects fly? Are they different from bats?

Let's find out in the next section...

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