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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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Animals; Insects

An insect that resembles a butterfly but has a thicker body and smaller, less brightly colored wings.

mutant mosquito

Animals; Insects

A mosquito with an altered genomic sequence as a result of human genetic engineering or natural cellular processes known as hypermutation. Mutant mosquitoes can exhibit significantly different ...

green lacewing

Animals; Insects

Green lacewings are insects in the large family Chrysopidae of the order Neuroptera.Green lacewings are delicate insects with a wingspan of 6 to over 65 mm, though the largest forms are tropical. ...

head lice

Animals; Insects

Tiny insects that live only on people's scalp and hair. They hatch from small eggs called nits that firmly attach to a person's hairs near the scalp and cannot be easily moved up or down the hair as ...

ant death spiral

Animals; Insects

When ants set out foraging, each ant follows the one in front of it on a pheromone track, with the exception of the lead ant who will be guiding the way. On occasion the lead ant will get lost and ...


Animals; Insects

Members of a large order of insects(including bees, wasps, and ant) characterized by two pairs of wings and in females an ovipositor adapted for stinging,piercing, or sawing.


Animals; Insects

A small soft-bodied insect of the homopteran family Aphididae, whose members live on plant juices and include many plant pests,e.g. a greenfly or a blackfly.

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