Insect Info-File     
  Insects are an important part of any ecosystem. Most flowers rely on insects for pollination, and many bird species feed solely on insects. There are at least 100,000 insect species in North America. Subsequently, identifying the exact species of an insect is difficult. Determining to which group an insect belongs is often adequate and enough of a challenge. Examples of such groups are: ladybug beetles, milkweed butterflies, swallowtails, honeybees, and dragonflies.

Insects' bodies are made up of three parts: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. Identify insects by the color, size, and shape of these three parts as well as wings. eyes, and habitat. Keep in mind that caterpillars are young insects. Identify by size, coloration, and habitat.


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