Insects fact files

A photograph of the larvae of the Mullein Moth, _Shargacucullia verbasci_.

The brightly coloured larvae of the Mullein Moth, Shargacucullia verbasci.

Insects are arguably the most numerous life form on the planet in terms of number of species. There are roughly one million described species of insect and experts estimate that there are probably between five to six million species yet to be identified.

The structure of insects has allowed them to exploit niches in almost all the habitats of the world. In this section we examine insects in more detail, focusing not only on their body structure but life cycles and providing fact files on all the major groups (Orders) of insects. There is also a general overview of the structure of insects in the What bug is this? section.

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