World of Bugs

By: David & Litzy

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Assassin Bug

They range in size from 0.2 to 1.6 inches. An assassin bug uses its short three-segmented beak to pierce its prey and then suck the body fluids from its victims. A characteristic of the family is that the beak is curved and lies in a groove between the front legs. Although assassin bugs are generally black or dark brown, some species are brightly colored. Most members of the family live outdoors and prey on other insects. Even though most live outdoors some suck blood from vertebrates, including humans, and transmit diseases. For example, Chagas disease this disease can be fatal if untreated some of the side affects include swelling or redness in the infected area, rash, swollen lymph nodes, and many others. Fun Facts : The bug wears the corpses of its victims on its back as armor. Assassin bugs usually eat different types of insects, but some species feed on the blood of birds, reptiles, and mammals.
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Giant Earwig

Earwigs are a distinct group of insects that range from a small to medium size, ranging from 0.2 or even 2 inches. Earwigs are mostly dark colored like brown or black. They have flatten elongated bodies. They have two pairs of wings the fore wings are short and protectively hardened. Most earwigs are omnivorous feeding on a wide variety of plants and insect material. Earwigs mature in to adult hood in just 20 days. Female earwigs show a maternal instinct which is rare for insects the mother stays with her babies until there second molting fiercely protecting them.
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Goliathus (Goliath beetle)

Goliath beetles usually range from the sizes of 2.1 to 4.2 inches. The beetle usually ways about 1.7 ounces at an adult. In the larva stage they can way up to 3.5 ounces. The color of the beetle depends on the species but most are black brown and white colored. The beetle has a Fruitarianism diet which means that the beetle diets only consists of sweet fruits. Facts: The beetle can carry over 850 times its own body weight .Goliath beetles have pair of wings called elytra that protect softer wings underneath them. They are very long (two thirds of the total body length) and positioned on the back part of the body. When insect spreads its flying wings, second pair of wings becomes visible.
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Characteristics Of Insects

* Insects have an exoskeleton

* Insects have three main body parts: head, thorax, and abdomen.

* Insects have a pair of antennae on top of their heads.

* Some have wings