There are many kinds of insects. They may all look
different, but they are alike. They are alike in three ways.
three main body sections (head, thorax, and abdomen)
One way all insects are alike is that they have six
legs. Three legs on each side of the body. The legs are
attached to the thorax. The thorax is the middle part of an insect's
body. Many insects have wings that are attached to the thorax.
Behind the thorax is the abdomen. It is usually
the largest part of an insect.
In front of the thorax is the head. Eyes and a
mouth are located in the head. Antennae or feelers are also found on
the head. These are used to smell, feel, and taste things.
Insects have a skeleton too! Their skeleton is on
the outside of their bodies. It is called an exoskeleton. Your
skeleton is found inside your body, and it is made of bones. An
insect's skeleton is the hardest part of its body. It is made of a
material called chitin.
Directions: Answer the questions about insects.
How many legs do all insects have?
The legs are attached to what part of
The wings are attached to what part
of an insect?
How many main body sections do all
Antennae or feelers are found on what
part of an insect?
Where is the thorax of an insect
behind the head
behind the abdomen
Which of the three main body sections
is usually the largest?
What kind of skeleton do insects
Where are the skeletons of insects
inside the body
outside the body
What is the skeleton of an insect
What is an insect's skeleton made of?
In how many ways are insects alike?
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