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Insects/Caterpillars

Insects

TermDefinition
Insect an animal with six legs, three main body parts, and usually wings
Antennae feelers located on the head of an insect used to feel, smell, and hear
Parts of an insect head, thorax, abdomen
Exoskeleton a hard outer shell that provides protection for insects and other animals
Metamorphosis the change in form that occurs as an insect reaches adulthood; there are two main types; complete and incomplete metamorphosis
Invertebrate an animal species that does not have a backbone; insects are invertebrates
Ways insects move insects fly, jump, crawl, and walk
Camouflage the act of blending into your surroundings to hide from predators and enemies
Mimicry to mimic or look like another organism; insects sometimes look like other insects or animals that are dangerous or taste bad
Larva the second stage in the life cycle of a butterfly or moth; caterpillar
Pupa the third stage in the life cycle of a butterfly or moth; the pupa stage of a butterfly is a chrysalis and the pupa stage of a moth is a cocoon
Malva a plant eaten by the Painted Lady butterfly
Painted Lady Butterfly the orange, white, and black butterfly we are raising in class; one of the world's most popular butterflies that can be found on nearly every continent; it is sometimes called the cosmopolitan butterfly
Spiracles breathing holes found on the sides of some animals
True Legs the six legs found near the head of a caterpillar; these legs are used to help the caterpillar grip onto surfaces and help them eat
Prolegs the 10 legs found on the abdomen of a caterpillar used for movement
Bristles hairs found on the body of a caterpillar; these hairs provide a defense for the caterpillar
Spinneret a silk spinning organ found on spiders and caterpillars; a caterpillar's spinneret is found on its lower lip
Molting another word for shedding; a caterpillar molts numerous times before becoming a pupa
Chrysalis when a caterpillar is full grown and stops eating, it becomes a pupa; the pupa is a hardened protein shell that protects the caterpillar as it goes through metamorphosis
Created by: bkorybarry