What makes an insect an insect are six legs, jointed bodies and an exoskeleton. Insects are cold blooded, and lay eggs. They have no lungs but breathe through spiracles found in their sides.Know More
The body of an insect is divided into the head, the thorax and the abdomen. The head contains the insect's mouth parts, eyes and antennae. The thorax holds the legs and the muscles used in locomotion. The abdomen holds the digestive and reproductive organs.
The exoskeleton is made out of a tough material made of chitin. To grow, the insect must shed this exoskeleton or moult from time to time.Learn More
According to Insect Identification, a "child of the earth" insect is the English translation for a common Spanish name of the potato bug, "nino de la tierra." The Archnids E-Zine reports that in New Mexico, the term "child of the earth" is also applied to large arachnids called wind scorpions. The two groups are not related. Wind scorpions are closest to spiders, whereas potato bugs are a kind of wingless cricket.Full Answer >
With an average life of one to 24 hours, mayflies are the insect with the shortest life span, according to Akorra. A mayfly's sole purpose is to hatch and reproduce.Full Answer >
The qualities of a good index fossil are that it belongs to a relatively abundant and widely dispersed species that nevertheless existed for only a brief time on Earth. Marine animals best suit these parameters as sea currents carry them to distant shores where the tide gradually layers upon them the sediments that later form solid, sedimentary rock. The most common index fossils are the pre-historic mollusks called ammonites.Full Answer >
The sound of the blue whale, which measures 188 decibels and travels up to 500 miles, is the loudest among all animals, according to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. On land, the loudest animal sound comes from the howler monkey and can be heard for up to 3 miles.Full Answer >