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Any of numerous usually small arthropod animals of the class Insecta, having an adult stage characterized by three pairs of legs and a body segmented into head, thorax, and abdomen and usually having two pairs of wings.

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varied carpet beetle

Animals; Insects

The varied carpet beetle is an introduced pest species. It is a small beetle with rounded body patterned with dark brown and white blotched bands. The beetle can be a serious household pest. It feeds ...

variable ladybird narrow striped form

Animals; Insects

Yet another colour and pattern variation of the variable ladybird. This ladybird is orange with three black stripes along the length of the body - one down each wing cover and one down the centre ...

variable ladybird

Animals; Insects

The variable ladybird is a small beetle with four spots on each wing. They are orange or orange-yellow. Usually the spots are quite large blotches, but sometimes the spots are quite small. They are ...

urticating anthelid moth

Animals; Insects

The adult urticating anthelid moth is varies in colour from grey brown to orange brown. It has pattern of wavy lines parallel to the outer edge of the forewings and hindwings. There are two small ...

ulysses swallowtail

Animals; Insects

The upper side of the ulysses swallowtail butterfly is beautiful iridescent blue with contrasting black wing margins. The hindwings have a long tail with a lobe on the end. The underside of the wings ...

twenty eight spot ladybird

Animals; Insects

Most ladybirds are beneficial to the garden, but twenty eight spot ladybirds can be leaf eating pests. They are orange with 13 black spots on each wing cover. ( That only makes 26 spots - so where ...

tussock moth

Animals; Insects

Tussock moths are fairly large moths with body covered in long scales that look like hair or fur. The wings are held back either flat or in a roof shape. The antennae are tucked back alongside the ...

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