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Traits and Behaviors of Bugs


Insects number well over 1 million species worldwide, and spiders count for at least another 40,000 unique organisms.
  1. Butterflies and Moths
  2. Ants, Bees, and Wasps
  3. Beetles
  1. True Bugs
  2. Spiders
  3. Other Arthropods

Butterflies and Moths

Over 100,000 butterfly and moth species inhabit the planet. All butterflies and moths belong to the order Lepidoptera.

Ants, Bees, and Wasps

Ants, bees, and wasps make up the third largest group of insects in the world - the order Hymenoptera.


The order Coleoptera is the largest group in the insect world, and comprises nearly a quarter of all the described animal species on Earth. With their hardened forewings, beetles are easy to recognize and fun to watch.

True Bugs

True bugs, the order Hemiptera, include a seeming hodge podge of insects, from aphids to assassins.


Spiders are the largest entirely carnivorous group of animals on the planet.

Other Arthropods

Millipedes often coil up when threatened.

Some "bugs" are neither insects nor spiders. These arthropods share common traits with insects, and inhabit the same environments as their 6-legged cousins.

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