This Nature Challenge was created by Seek (by iNaturalist):
Insects populations are declining around our planet, partly because crops and buildings replace their habitats and are then sprayed with bug-killing pesticides. We need insect pollinators for our crops and wild plants to flourish, and many amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals depend on insects for food. Seek out the insects around you and show them some love!
Find 10 different insects.
What is Seek? And how do you participate?
Seek (by iNaturalist) is a kid-safe app that helps you get outside and explore your local plants, animals, and fungi. Ask your parent or educator to visit the iNaturalist website to learn more. Or, they can click here for more information.
New challenges are released at the start of each month. To participate, you will need access to the app on a phone or tablet device. You can seek out plants, animal, and fungi in your backyard, local park, or nature reserve. Give it a go and become a naturalist today!
What is an insect?
Bees, flies, beetles, moths, ants, and termites are some types of insects.
Most of the world’s organisms are insects! There are at least 1 million species of insects but scientists believe that there may be millions more species yet to be discovered.
Insects are invertebrates. They don’t have a backbone (spine) or internal skeleton like we do. Instead their bodies are supported by an exoskeleton.
Insects have 6 jointed legs. They have segmented bodies made up of three parts: a head, thorax, and abdomen.
Read these stories to learn more about some amazing insects!
Art challenge: beetle coloring!
To share your art with us, parents or guardians can email us using the contact information on our About Us page.
How can you help insects?
August Species of the Week!
Week 2: unicolor snail-eating beetle
Week 3: eastern dobsonfly
Learn more about the eastern dobsonfly with this University of Florida learning resource
Week 4: chestnut/banded angle
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Image by Brian Brown/Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
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