April 14, 2020
This is an 8-paragraph paper on the insects I have been studying for the last month. Even though some insects can be disgusting or grotesque, they all are amazing in that they are part of God’s grand design. Not everyone realizes that insects are beautiful creatures.
Insects are in the animalia kingdom. All insects (except for ants) have 3 body parts: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. Because spiders are arachnids, they are not classified as insects. In total, there are 925,000 species of insects around the world.
Since there are 300,000 species of beetles, they are the most common of all insects. The amazing Hercules Beetle (Dynastes Hercules) can lift a staggering 17 pounds ̶ a load that is 850 times their own weight. An elytra is similar to a wing. A Ladybug’s elytra majestically opens when it is about to fly. Some beetles give off a foul odor to deter predators.
The butterfly is one of the most colorful and pretty bugs. Butterflies are in the Lepidoptera class of insects. Moths are usually gray, black, or brown, but some moths, like the Madagascar Moth, have extremely vivid colors just like butterflies.
Ants are social creatures, which means they work together in large groups. Army Ants form a horde to swarm and overrun their prey. They deliver a venomous bite to kill their victims. Unlike other insects, ants have 4 body parts. If termites get into a house, they can inflict a lot of damage to the wood. A queen termite produces an average of 164,000 eggs in 15 years.
There are billions of houseflies on earth. In a strange spectacle of savage gluttony, these pests lay their eggs on decaying corpses of animals, so the maggots can eat the rotten flesh. Houseflies are in the Diptera order of insects. Mosquitoes, who are considered the most dangerous animals in the world, can give you deadly and dire diseases. They feed on the blood of humans and animals. Damselflies are the same as Dragonflies, except they are skinnier.
There are 43,000 species of spiders. Trapdoor Spiders are excellent hunters. These spiders make hatches of silk in the ground and jump out to catch their prey. The Black Widow Spider is in the Theridiidae order of spiders. These 8-legged bugs are venomous and can kill insects, other spiders, small rodents, and rarely humans. Tarantulas are hairy and colossal spiders. Some people even have Tarantulas as pets.
Even though they are deadly and some are hideous, insects and spiders are awesome creatures, and they all serve a purpose in God’s kingdom. Creepy. Crawly. But cool.