Glossary
A
Ametaboly
 
An insect that upon hatching, has almost no change (metamorphasis) in appearance, except in size, to reach their adult form. They hatch as a smaller version of their adult form.
 
Antennae
One of a pair of slender movable segmented sensory organs on the head of insects.
 
Anterior
Situated before or at the front of.
 
Aphid
A small sap-sucking insect (and a favorite food of ladybugs).
 
Arthropod

 
Any of a phylum (Arthropoda) of invertebrate animals (as insects, arachnids, and crustaceans) that have
a segmented body and jointed apendages, a usually chitinous exoskeleton molted at intervals, and a dorsal anterior brain connected to a ventral chain of ganglia.
B
Brood
The young (as of a bird or insect) hatched or cared for all at one time.
C
Camouflage
Concealment by means of disguise.
 
Carnivore
Any of an order of typically flesh-eating animals, insects, or plants.
 
Caterpillar
The worm-like larva of a butterfly or moth.
 
Colony
Distinguishable localized population within a species. (Ex: colony of ants)
 
Chrysalis
A protecting covering : a sheltered state or stage of being or growth.
 
Crustacean
A group of arthropods that includes crabs, lobsters, and shrimp (and one non-insect on bugfacts).
D
Dorsal
Pertaining to the upper side (of insects), and the back side (of animals that walk upright).
 
Drones
 
The male of a bee (as the honeybee) that has no sting and gathers no honey. One that lives on the labors of others.
E
Entomologist
A zoologist that specializes in the study of insects.
 
Exoskeleton
An external skeleton that supports and protects an animal's/insect's body.
G
Ganglia
Masses of nerve cell bodies.
 
Gill
An organ (as of a fish) for obtaining oxygen from water.
H
Herbivore
A plant-eating animal, insect or organism.
I
Invertebrate
An animal that has no backbone.
L
Larva

 
The immature, wingless, and often wormlike feeding form that hatches from the egg of many insects, alters chiefly in size while passing through several molts, and is finally transformed into a pupa or chrysalis from which the adult emerges.
 
Larvae
Plural. More than one larva.
 
Larval
The stage of a larva.
M
Metamorphosis
A complete change in appearance.
 
Molt
To shed skin.
N
Nectar
A sweet liquid that is secreted by a plant and is the chief raw material of honey.
 
Nymph
Any of various immature insects.
P
Pupa

 
An intermediate stage of an insect (as a bee, moth, or beetle) that occurs between the larva and adult, is usually enclosed in a cocoon or protective covering, and undergoes internal changes by which larval structures are replaced into those of the adult.
 
Pupal
The stage of a pupa.
 
Pupate
The act of transformation from pupa to adult.
S
Swarm
A large number of insects massed together and usually in motion.
T
True Bug


 
The Hemiptera order of insects (around 67,000 different species) are often called True Bugs. Members of this order are distinguished from all other insects by having forewings made up of both membrane and hard portions and a proboscis (long sucking mouth tube) that is usually specialized to suck the juices from various parts of plants, although some species are predatory and are adapted to suck blood.