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I thought we could have a list of simple common insect names...not a science thread, just to get to know some common names.

http://www.cheshirew...ws_ladybird.htm

In UK we call these ladybirds, the British ones are red as far as I know but now there's all these colourful harlequin ones invading which may wipe out our native species! In America they call them ladybugs. They're usually liked by children and they fly.
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Ants have six legs and a segmented body, they tend to be black or red and can be various sizes according to the species or job they do. The main positions I know, the Queen ant that has the babies, is the largest ant and never leaves her chambers, the soldier or army ants that defend the nest and Queen and the , they live in an ant nest or colony, the worker ants feed everyone and build things

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Slugs come in various sizes and colours, hated often by gardeners for eating their plants. Some slugs actually eat each other! They are very slimy and leave a trail of this glutinous sticky slime behind them. Their eyes are on stalks which they can retract and most of them only come out at night, they are very happy when it rains which makes it easier for them to move and is not too hot and sunny which dries them out.

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Snails are pretty similar to slugs but have a shell on their back. Some people eat them (yuck!) some people use them to race each other! It's my experience as a gardener that they're better at climbing than slugs grrrr!

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Bumble bees are bigger, rounder and maybe even fluffier than ordinary bees. They're much loved by many children and adults and often used in pictures, soft toys, cartoons...so very popular

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Honey bees or honeybees make honey, not all bees are used for this purpose and others would simply be called bees. Beekeepers who look after the bees keep them in bee hives. The bees make wax to build their nest or hive ready for the storage of food and eggs. The bee that lays eggs is called the Queen. The distinctive wax, hexagonal, shaped cells where the honey is stored are called honeycombs. Bees eat pollen from flowers.

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For all the insects mentioned so far you simply add or remove an s to make them single or plural

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The cockroach (single) cockroaches (plural) are a much hated and feared creature. They came in many sizes and colours. They have spread worldwide because they are so resilient and breed quickly, they come in boxes, bags, imports and help keep pest controllers in employment! As they carry many diseases it's not good to have them in your kitchen! They only fly when it's warm enough to do so, so in colder climates they just crawl. Many people have phobias of them including me!

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Moths are related to butterflies, but while a butterfly comes out in daylight, moths are mostly nocturnal. Both start life as a caterpillar which makes a cacoon in which it goes through metamorphosis and becomes a moth or butterfly. Butterflies tend to be more liked by people and children and can become more colourful. Moths maybe scare people as they're attracted to light and can be irritating

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Butterfly/butterflies

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I'm sure not all of these are classed officially under the umbrella group "insect" but as I said, I'm keeping this simple smile

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The cockroach (single) cockroaches (plural) are a much hated and feared creature.



Count me in, especially when they fly eww

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I don't even want to think of them flying :(

Here's another one that I'm positively phobic about and had me screaming in the kitchen earlier

http://kaweahoaks.co.../craneflies.htm

The cranefly, often called daddy long legs in UK. It looks like a huge mosquito with long legs and long torso. In UK they seem most abundant in September and seem very fond of long grass, although I seem plagued by them in my kitchen right now and have to get my husband to save me from them. :( I'm really terrified of them!

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While we're on the subject of insects that give me the creeps!

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The woodlouse (single), woodlice (plural), needs moisture to survive. It especially loves rotting plant material and wood and likes dark places. It's body is covered in segmented armoured plates that help protect it and it can roll in a ball when under attack

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Now for some little creatures I much prefer...grasshoppers and crickets... Ok I wasn't sure how to tell these apart although I know they're different they have many things in common so I'll give you a site which made it all clearer

http://www.ehow.com/...rasshopper.html

Grasshopper pics

http://yhsbiology.wi...ces.com/Insecta

One type of cricket, there are various crickets have different colours and size

http://www.wildanima...ush-cricket.php

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Earthworms mainly live underground, loved by gardeners for loosening the earth and helping to make compost by breaking down plant material, all good for plants. Worms need moisture but not too much, often coming to the surface in heavy rain

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flea

The flea is a tiny creature with a very hard body which can withstand a lot of pressure, so difficult to squash, and long hind legs enabling it to make big jumps. It feeds off the blood of mammals and birds. It enjoys warm temperatures to lay it's eggs and if finding an ideal environment will infest...eeeek :o