What’s a “Bug” to You?
Every bug is an insect…
but not every insect is a bug!
“Ker-chew-w-w-w! I caught a bug.”
A true “bug” is a type of insect called Hemiptera (pronounced “he-MIP-ter-a” meaning “half wing”) that have a mouthpart that usually comes out of the tip of their head that is used for piercing and sucking.
True bugs are often not welcome visitors in a home or garden.
For example, spiders are not bugs because they have no sucking mouth part. They are not even an insect because they have eight legs and only two body parts!
Do insects “bug” you?
THINK TWICE… he may be a friend!
DID YOU KNOW?
- Discoveries of insect fossils show us that insects have been around for at least 350 million years.
- There are over 3 million species of insects, and more are being discovered every day.
- The female of most insect species is usually larger than the male.
- Scientists are guessing that over 200 million insects live in the soil of one acre of rich farmland.