sections that make up an insect - the head, thorax, and abdomen. The head carries the mouthparts, antennae, and eyes. The thorax has three segments, with legs and sometimes wings. The abdomen has up to 11 visible segments and mav carry terminal "tails" (cerci).

Parts op an Inskct gh the process of evolution, the basic insect body parts have become modified in a variety of ways in different insects, lor example, the mouthparts may be adapted either to bite and chew or to suck liquids such as blood, nectar, or plant juices. The antennae are vital sensory organs that can respond to chemicals, such as a mate's sexual odors, or to physical stimuli, such as hosts moving deep within plant tissue. Insects' legs are modified for jumping, digging, swimming, catching prey, and even hearing and singing. Wings are not just for Hying - they can be tough and protective, reflect the sun, or act as air stores. Their coloration may act as camouflage, or be used to signal to mates or scare off enemies.

front ¡eg: • carried on prothorax pro thorax: front segment of thorax; carries a pair o f legs hut not wings mesothorax: middle part of thorax: t arries a pair of legs and sometimes wings

V DlSSKCTKl) INSKCT Ihis /.ongfiom Beetle, Xixuthrus heros, front Central America, has long antennae, powerful mandibles, and tough elytra, which protect the membranous hindwings.

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