Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

What are insects?



Insects are animals belonging to the class known as Insecta.

  • The body is divided into 3 sections:
    • head,
    • thorax,
    • abdomen.
  • They have 6 legs attached to the thorax.
  • They usually have wings, also attached to the thorax.
  • In insects such as beetles, the elytrae (= hard wings) cover the flying wings and lie flat against the abdomen at rest.
Beetle - external features
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