Meet the Creatures from Seattle Bug Safari
The world of insects, bugs, and spiders is vast and complex, and there is still a lot to learn and explore! Get to know our fascinating co-habitants, and you’ll see scientists have only just begun to discover and understand these exciting creatures.
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Insects are the most diverse group of animals on the planet today and can be found on every continent from the Arctic to Antarctica. Their bodies are made up of an external skeletal structure called an exoskeleton and all of them have bodies that can be divided into three major areas: the head, the thorax and the abdomen.
In the last 250 years, over one million species of insects have been formally described. All of these species have been divided into thirty separate orders based on characteristics of mouthparts, wings, and development.
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Arachnids (spiders, scorpions, ticks):
Arachnids contain some 90,000 species worldwide with 8,000 species found in North America. The two main features differentiating insects from arachnids are the total number of legs and the presence of antennae. While insects have one pair of antennae, Arachnids do not have any. But what arachnids lack in antennae they make up for in number of legs. Arachnids have eight legs whereas insects have only six.
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There are more than 10,500 species of millipedes worldwide, with 1,000 of those species found in the United States alone.
Millipedes are long wormlike creatures with a somewhat round body and short legs. The most identifiable characteristic of millipedes is the large number of legs. Their bodies have multiple segments and each segment has two sets of legs, which equals 4 legs per segment. Some millipedes have as many as 100 segments—that's a lot of legs! Millipedes eat decaying plant matter and help recycle nutrients back into the soil.
Centipedes are smaller in number, with only a little over 2,500 species worldwide. They are long wormlike creatures similar to millipedes except centipedes have a flattened body and long legs. Centipedes also have only one set of legs per segment and move very fast. They are carnivores that hunt insects and other small creatures, subduing them with a pair of venomous claws used to capture and kill their prey.
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