Insects are classified as animals. Organisms on Earth fall into one of two categories: plants or animals. The animal kingdom is quite diverse and includes arthropods, which is a family comprised primarily of insects.
Insects are abundant and live virtually everywhere on Earth. The insect class is one of the most diverse group of animals on the planet and contains over half of all identified species of animals. Insects also form the bulk of the family of arthropods (around 90 percent) and have unique physical characteristics, which include a small size, wings and the ability to undergo metamorphosis, which distinguish them from other animal species.Learn More
There is no specific life expectancy for adult insects since the life spans vary between the species, but it can usually be measured in days. Some adult insects, such as the mayfly, live less than 24 hours, while other species, especially social insect queens, live for decades.Full Answer >
Common household fruit flies of the species typically found in kitchens and around ripening fruits do not bite. These insects, sometimes called vinegar flies, are attracted to fruit because of the vinegar released as a byproduct during the natural fermentation process.Full Answer >
“Pecker gnats” is a slang term used when referring to gnats that gather around a dog’s genital area. Gnats feed on plant liquids, animal fluids and other insects, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica.Full Answer >
Homemade fly spray is a fly repellent made from common household ingredients, in which vinegar is the main component. There are several recipes for homemade fly spray with additional ingredients such as citronella, hand lotion, dish soap or pine-scented cleaner. Homemade fly spray can be used to deter flies from horses and pets and is a common household staple during the warmer months.Full Answer >