By Debbie Hadley, About.com Guide
Most people know that insects have three body regions, but what's inside? Learn more about the insect body and how it works.
- What Are Insects?
- Internal Anatomy of Insects - Color Diagrams
- Parts of a Caterpillar
- How Insects Hear
- How Insects Smell
- How Insects Taste
- How Do Insects Breathe?
- All About Insect Poop
- Why Ants (and Other Bugs) Are So Strong
Mating & Reproduction
Once an insect reaches adulthood, its main purpose is to produce the next generation of its species.
- The Art of Insect Seduction
- Love at First Sight? How Bugs Find Mates
- How Insects Mate
- Aphids, the Amazons of the Insect World
- Periodical Cicada Brood Maps
- Do Praying Mantis Females Really Eat Their Lovers?
- The Giant Jewel Beetle That Mates with Beer Bottles
Growth & Metamorphosis
Insects grow and change in dramatic ways. Many insects look entirely different in each stage of their life cycles.
- Molting - How Insects Shed Their Skin
- Types of Insect Metamorphosis
- The Life Cycle of Butterflies and Moths
Insect behavior teaches us how bugs adapt and evolve in a changing environment.
- Where Do Bugs Go in the Winter?
- Cunning Killers - How Assassin Bugs Hunt
- How to Fool a Cockroach With a Vacuum
- How Insects Recognize Their Host Plants
Like most animals, insects need to communicate with each other to survive. Insects "talk" using pheromones, light signals, songs, and dances.
- Dance of the Honey Bees
- How Fireflies Produce Light
- Chirping Crickets
- The Loudest Insect of All?
- Grasshopper Songs
Insect World Records
Which bugs are the biggest, the loudest, or the most deadly? These insects would make Guinness proud.