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Different Types of Insects

Different types of Insects Sow bugs are also called woodlice or pill bugs. They are sometimes mistaken for insects or millipedes. But they are crustaceans like lobsters, shrimp, and crayfish. Sow bugs differ from insects in having 14 instead of just six legs. Sow bugs are medium-sized, usually flattened animals with a shiny, hard covering over the back.

Different types of Insects

Sow bugs are also called woodlice or pill bugs. They are sometimes mistaken for insects or millipedes. But they are crustaceans like lobsters, shrimp, and crayfish. Sow bugs differ from insects in having 14 instead of just six legs.

Sow bugs are medium-sized, usually flattened animals with a shiny, hard covering over the back. The covering is divided into about 10 flexible plates, and some sow bugs, like armadillos, can roll up into a ball when disturbed. We find them usually under stones, boards, and other debris. They feed on decaying matter and fungi. They are usually harmless, but sometimes they damage the roots of cultivated plants.

Millipedes : None of the "thousand-leggers" — as millipedes are sometimes called — really has thousand legs. Most have fewer than 200. The newly hatched young ones may have six legs, and more are added each time they moult until they mature. There are two pairs of legs on most segments of the long, cylindrical body. In spite of many legs, millipedes move slowly. Some species roll up when disturbed. These animals cannot bite or sting. Rarely, they become pests in localized areas by feeding on living plants. Millipedes live outdoors in damp, dark place such as leaf mould, and rotting logs, and they feed on decaying plant matter.

Centipedes, or Hundred-leggers are fast, active, nocturnal predators of insects and spiders. The house centipede is found in buildings in temperate climates and frequents damp places under sinks or tubs or around water pipes. It is harmless to humans and is probably beneficial in eating pest insects, but it startles people because of its unusually long legs. Tropical centipedes can inflict painful bites.

Springtails are tiny anthropods with a forked spring on the underside of the abdomen. It enables them to flip into the air when disturbed. They ate often abundant on the surface of fresh water or sometimes on snow, when they are commonly called "snow fleas". Others live on shores of oceans, lakes and ponds, but most are in moist humus or soil. They are common on the soil of house plants, where they are quite harmless, but they can become minor pests of agricultural crops by feeding on germinating seeds or living plants, and they sometimes infest mushroom cultures. Usually they eat moulds and decaying organic matter. Springtails are wingless.

 

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