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Insects

Ants
Ants are social insects and live in complex colonies. They are related to wasps and bees.
 


Bees
There are over 1,500 species of native Australian bee. The bumble bee and honey bee are both introduced species.
 


Beetles
The forewings of beetles are hardened to protect the rear wings, which are used for flying.
 


Bugs
The defining feature of all bugs, order Hemiptera, is their tube-like mouthparts, through which they suck their food.
 


Butterflies and Moths
Butterflies and moths are very closely related, both being of the order Lepidoptera.
 


Cockroaches
Cockroaches belong to the order Blatttodea. There are 428 species of cockroach in Australia.
 


Dragonflies and Damselflies
Dragonflies rest with their double pair of wings spread out horizontally, while damselflies close their wings.
 


Earwigs
Earwigs belong to the order Dermaptera. Most earwigs have a pair of pincers called cerci on their abdomen.
 


Flies
There are 7,786 species of flies in Australia. Flies use their forewings to fly. Their hind wings have become small, club-shaped structures called halteres.
 


Grasshoppers, Crickets and Katydids
Grasshoppers, crickets and katydids all belong to the oder Orthoptera. There are 2,827 species in Australia.
 


Lacewings
"Lacewings" is the common name for the order Neuroptera, which includes lacewings, antlions, owlflies and their relatives.
 


Wasps
Wasps may live alone or in large colonies. They all belong to the order Hymenoptera.
 




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