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Insect known for eating wood. Some build large mounds out of excavated soil and their own saliva and feces.
Famous for its incredibly deceptive camouflage, it is barely recognizable from the branches in which it lives.
This one has large raptorial forelegs which enable the insect to seize prey in a fashion similar to the closing of a Swiss Army Knife.
A generally bright-coloured insect, it has four wings and a long, narrow body. It is always found near water.
Capable of stridulating by rubbing its hind legs on its wings. Its very long legs enable it to jump long distances.
A major predator of the aphid, adults have two membranous wings with vein patterns on them.
Most recognizable by the pair of pincers at the end of their abdomen; the males' pincers curve and the females' are straight. It will certainly be found in damp crevices.
A specific species of butterfly, it is very well-known in the UK with its velvety black wings intersected with red/orange bands and white spots.
Part of the beetle family, they are very small and usually red or yellow with black spots.
Preferring to live in damp places, this insect takes oxygen and combines it with luciferin in a special cell inside its body. This process enables its abdomen to emit light.
The myth about this insect is that it will be the only living creature left on Earth if a nuclear explosion was to destroy it.
Found almost everywhere in the world, it is the animal that causes the most human deaths per year.
It is the larva of a domesticated moth. First domesticated in China during the Han Dynasty because its cocoon is made of a useful material.
Very brightly coloured insect, usually with an iridescent sheen (like the back of a CD). They usually have the colouring of precious gems, hence their name.
Amazingly, they can roll animal waste material weighing 50 times its weight. They bury the balls of excrement for later consumption or as a mating place.
Thick and leathery, it has a mulititude of legs, though not as many as its name suggests.
Usually found under the leaves in gardens, they will release an unpleasant odour when handled or threatened.
This insect larva is sought after by the Aboriginal Australians as a high-protein food. It is the wood-boring larva of a moth.
One of the most beneficial annelids for soil, it eats decaying vegetation and expels it in the form of rich humus, known as castings.
Attach themselves to a host using a mixture of mucus and suction and feed on the blood; however, not all varieties do this.

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