What do you think of when you hear the word “bugs”?

Perhaps you have an image of a mosquito floating around your head or a bee.

Bugs are actually essential for human survival and fun to research.

With the release of my book Stink Bomb, I thought it important to explore the world of bugs or insects. So here we go. Let’s start with some interesting facts about insects and a definition.

Insect

a : any of numerous small invertebrate animals (as spiders or centipedes) that are more or less obviously segmented —not used technically

b : any of a class (Insecta) of arthropods (as bugs or bees) with well-defined head, thorax, and abdomen, only three pairs of legs, and typically one or two pairs of wings

Fun Insect Facts for Kids:

The number of insect species is believed to be between six and ten million.

Insect bodies have three parts, the thorax, abdomen and head.

Insects have two antennae.

Insects have three pairs of legs.

Some insects, such as gerridae (water striders), are able to walk on the surface of water.

Bees, termites and ants live in well-organized social colonies.

Only male crickets chirp.

Insects are cold-blooded.

Silkworms are used as the primary producer of silk.

Most insects hatch from eggs.

Some cicadas can make sounds nearly 120 decibels loud.

The life cycle of a mosquito features four stages, egg, larva, pupa and adult.

Female mosquitoes drink blood in order to obtain nutrients needed to produce eggs.

Spiders are not insects.

Bees are found on every continent except Antarctica.

Ants leave trails and communicate with each other using pheromones as chemical signals.