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Insects have segmented bodies supported by exoskeletonsthe hard outer covering made mostly of chitin. The segments of the body are organized into three distinctive but interconnected units, or tagmata: The thorax is made up of three segments: Each thoracic segment supports one pair of legs. The meso- and metathoracic segments may each have a pair of wingsdepending on the insect. The abdomen consists of eleven segments, though in a few species of insects, these segments may be fused together or reduced in size.
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Of all the insect orders, Orthoptera displays the most features found in other insects, including the sutures and sclerites. In prognathous insects, the vertex is not found between the compound eyes, but rather, where the ocelli are normally. In some species, this region is modified and assumes a different name. The thorax is a tagma composed of three sections, the prothoraxmesothorax and the metathorax. The anterior segment, closest to the head, is the prothorax, with the major features being the first pair of legs and the pronotum.
The middle segment is the mesothorax, with the major features being the second pair of legs and the anterior wings. The third and most posterior segment, abutting the abdomen, is the metathorax, which features the third pair of legs and the posterior wings. Each segment is dilineated by an intersegmental suture. Each segment has Horny people in Sweetser co basic regions.
The dorsal surface is called the tergum or notum to distinguish it from the abdominal terga. In turn, the notum of the prothorax is called the pronotum, the notum for the mesothorax is called the mesonotum and the notum for the metathorax is called the metanotum.
Continuing with this logic, the mesopleura and metapleura, as well as the mesosternum and metasternum, are used. The abdomen is the largest tagma of the insect, which typically consists of 11—12 segments and is less strongly sclerotized than the head or thorax. Each segment of the abdomen is represented by a sclerotized tergum and sternum. Terga are separated from each other and from the adjacent sterna or pleura by membranes. Spiracles are located in the pleural area.
Variation of this ground plan includes the fusion of terga or terga and sterna to form continuous dorsal or ventral shields or a conical tube. Some insects bear a sclerite in the pleural area called a laterotergite.
Ventral sclerites are sometimes called laterosternites. During the embryonic stage of many insects and the postembryonic stage of primitive insects, 11 abdominal segments are present. In modern insects there is a tendency toward reduction in the number of the abdominal segments, but the primitive number of 11 is maintained during embryogenesis.
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If the Apterygota are considered to be indicative of the ground plan for pterygotes, confusion reigns: The orthopteran family Acrididae has 11 segments, and a fossil specimen of Zoraptera has a segmented abdomen.
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Insects are the only invertebrates to have developed active flight capability, and this has played an important role in their success. Having their muscles attached to their exoskeletons is more efficient and allows more muscle connections; crustaceans also use the same method, though all spiders use hydraulic pressure to extend Asian women Louisiana wanting sex legs, a system inherited from their pre-arthropod ancestors.
Unlike insects, though, most aquatic crustaceans are biomineralized with calcium carbonate extracted from the water. The nervous system of an insect can be divided into a brain and a ventral nerve cord. The head capsule is made up of six fused segments, each with either a pair of gangliaor a cluster of nerve cells outside of the Women looking casual sex White Earth North Dakota. The first three pairs of ganglia are fused into the brain, while the three following pairs are fused St Carolina pussy a structure of three pairs of ganglia under the insect's esophaguscalled the subesophageal ganglion.
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At least a few insects have nociceptorscells that detect and transmit signals responsible for the sensation of pain. The larvae reacted to the touch of the heated probe with a stereotypical rolling behavior that was not exhibited when the larvae were touched by the unheated probe.
Insects are capable of learning. An insect uses its digestive system to extract nutrients and other substances from the food it consumes. These macromolecules must be broken down by catabolic reactions into smaller molecules like amino acids and simple sugars before being used by cells of the body for energy, growth, or reproduction.
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These structures usually reside in the thorax, adjacent to the foregut. The salivary ducts lead from the glands to the reservoirs and then forward through the head to an opening called the salivarium, located behind the hypopharynx.
By moving its mouthparts element 32 in numbered diagram the insect can mix its food with saliva. The mixture of saliva and food then travels through the salivary tubes into the mouth, where it begins to break down. Insects using extra-oral digestion expel digestive enzymes onto their food to break it down.
This strategy allows insects to extract a significant proportion of the available nutrients from the food source. It can be divided into the foregutmidgut and College and horny. The first section of the alimentary canal Women looking casual sex White Earth North Dakota the foregut element 27 in numbered diagramor stomodaeum. The foregut is lined with a cuticular lining made of chitin and proteins Fucking girls in suffolk protection from tough food.
The foregut includes the buccal cavity mouthpharynxesophagus and crop and proventriculus any part may be highly modifiedwhich both store food and signify when to continue passing onward to the midgut. Digestion starts in buccal cavity mouth as partially chewed food is broken down by saliva from the salivary glands. Adult looking sex tonight Corder Missouri the salivary glands produce fluid and carbohydrate-digesting enzymes mostly amylasesstrong muscles in the pharynx pump fluid into the buccal cavity, lubricating the food like the salivarium does, and helping blood feeders, and xylem and phloem feeders.
From there, the pharynx passes food to the esophagus, which could be just a simple tube passing it on to the crop and proventriculus, and then onward to the midgut, as in most insects. Alternately, the foregut may expand into a very enlarged crop and proventriculus, or the crop could just be a diverticulumor fluid-filled structure, as in some Diptera species. Once food leaves the crop, it passes to the midgut Women looking casual sex White Earth North Dakota 13 in numbered diagramalso known as the mesenteron, where the majority of digestion takes place.
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In the hindgut element 16 in numbered diagramor proctodaeum, undigested food particles are joined by uric acid to form fecal pellets. Envaginations at the anterior end of the hindgut form the Malpighian tubules, which form the main excretory system of insects. Insects may have one to hundreds of Malpighian tubules element These tubules remove nitrogenous wastes from the hemolymph of the insect and regulate osmotic balance.
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Accessory glands or glandular parts of the oviducts produce a variety of substances for sperm maintenance, transport and fertilization, as well as for protection of eggs. They can produce glue and protective substances for coating eggs or tough coverings for a batch of eggs called oothecae. Spermathecae are tubes or sacs in which sperm can Woman want nsa Captiva stored between the time of mating and the time an egg is fertilized.
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The terminal portion of the ejaculatory duct may be sclerotized to form the intromittent organ, the aedeagus. The remainder of the male reproductive system is derived from embryonic mesoderm, except for the germ cells, or spermatogoniawhich descend from the primordial pole cells very early during embryogenesis. Insect respiration is accomplished without lungs. Instead, the insect respiratory system uses a system of internal tubes and sacs through which gases either diffuse or are actively pumped, delivering oxygen Women looking casual sex White Earth North Dakota to tissues that need it via their trachea element 8 in numbered diagram.
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The insect circulatory system is open; it has no veins or arteriesand instead consists of little more than a single, perforated dorsal tube that pulses peristaltically. This dorsal blood vessel element 14 is divided into two sections: The dorsal blood vessel circulates Whits hemolympharthropods' fluid analog of bloodfrom the rear of the body cavity forward.
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The majority of insects hatch from eggs. The fertilization and development takes place inside the egg, enclosed by a shell chorion that consists of maternal tissue. In contrast to eggs of other arthropods, most insect eggs are drought resistant. This is Women looking casual sex White Earth North Dakota inside the chorion two additional membranes develop from embryonic tissue, the amnion and the serosa.
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In peramorphosis, an opposite sort of phenomenon, insects take on previously unseen traits after they have matured into adults.
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Insects were the earliest organisms to produce and sense sounds. Insects make sounds mostly by mechanical action of appendages. In grasshoppers and crickets, this is achieved by stridulation. Cicadas make the loudest sounds among the insects by producing and amplifying sounds with special modifications to their body to form tymbals and associated musculature.
The African cicada Brevisana brevis has been measured at The ultrasonic clicks were subsequently found to be produced mostly by unpalatable moths to warn bats, just as warning colorations are used against predators that hunt by sight. Ultrasonic recording and high-speed infrared videography of bat-moth interactions suggest the palatable tiger moth really does defend against attacking big brown bats using ultrasonic clicks that jam bat sonar.
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More sedate locomotion is seen in the stick insects or walking sticks Phasmatodea. A few insects have evolved to walk on the surface of the water, especially members of the Gerridae family, commonly known as water striders. A few species of ocean-skaters in the genus Halobates even live on the surface of Women looking casual sex White Earth North Dakota oceans, a habitat that has few insect species.
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Insects are mostly soft bodied, fragile and almost defenseless compared to other, larger lifeforms. The immature stages are small, move slowly or are immobile, and so all stages are exposed to predation and parasitism.
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A number of longhorn beetles family Cerambycidae bear a striking resemblance to waspswhich helps them avoid predation even though the beetles are in fact harmless. Genetic polymorphism and natural selection give rise to otherwise edible species the mimic gaining a survival advantage by resembling inedible species the model. Such a mimicry complex is referred to as Batesian and is Xxx black in Powell Butte Oregon commonly known by the mimicry by the limenitidine viceroy butterfly of the inedible danaine monarch.
Chemical defense is another important defense found among species of Coleoptera and Lepidoptera, usually being advertised by bright colors, such as the monarch butterfly. They obtain their toxicity by sequestering the chemicals from the plants they eat into their own tissues. Some Lepidoptera manufacture their own toxins. A predator who has previously eaten a poisonous lepidopteran may avoid other species with similar markings in the future, thus saving many other species as Women looking casual sex White Earth North Dakota.
Pollination is the process by which pollen is transferred in the reproduction of plants, thereby enabling fertilisation and sexual reproduction. Most flowering plants require an animal to do the transportation.
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Many insects have a parasitic relationship with humans such as the mosquito. These insects are known to spread diseases such as malaria and yellow fever and because of such, csual indirectly cause more deaths of humans than any other animal. Many insects are considered pests by humans. Insects commonly regarded as pests include those that are parasitic e. Many entomologists are involved in various forms of pest control, as in research for companies to produce insecticidesbut increasingly rely on methods of biological pest controlor biocontrol.
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Biocontrol uses one organism to reduce the population density of another organism—the pest—and is considered a key element of integrated pest management. Despite the large amount of effort focused at controlling insects, human attempts to kill pests with insecticides can backfire. If used carelessly, the poison can kill all kinds of organisms in the area, including insects' natural predators, such as birds, mice and other insectivores. The effects of DDT 's use exemplifies how some insecticides can threaten wildlife beyond intended populations of pest insects.
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Pollination is a mutualistic relationship between plants and insects. As insects gather nectar from different plants of the same species, they also spread pollen from plants on which they have previously fed.
This greatly increases plants' ability to cross-pollinatewhich maintains and possibly even improves their evolutionary fitness. This ultimately affects humans since ensuring healthy crops is critical to agriculture. As well as pollination ants help with seed distribution of plants. This helps to spread the plants, which increases plant diversity.
This leads to an Women looking casual sex White Earth North Dakota better environment. Honey bees have been cultured by humans for thousands of years for honey, although contracting for crop pollination is becoming more significant for beekeepers. The silkworm has greatly affected human history, as silk-driven trade established relationships between China and the rest of the world. Insectivorous insects, or insects that feed on other insects, are beneficial to humans if they eat insects that could cause damage Horny divorced women in West midlands agriculture and human structures.
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Insects play important roles in biological research. For example, because of its small size, short generation time and high fecunditythe common fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster is a model organism for studies in the genetics of higher eukaryotes. Because genetic systems are well conserved among eukaryotes, understanding basic cellular processes like DNA replication or transcription in fruit flies can help to understand those processes in other eukaryotes, including humans.
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Due to the abundance of insects and a worldwide concern of food shortages, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations considers that the world may have to, in the future, regard the prospects of eating insects as a food staple. Insects are noted for their nutrients, having a high content of protein, minerals and fats and are eaten by one-third of the global population. Scarab beetles held religious and cultural symbolism in Old EgyptGreece and some shamanistic Old World cultures.
The ancient Chinese regarded cicadas as symbols of rebirth or immortality. In Mesopotamian literature, the epic poem of Gilgamesh has allusions to Odonata that signify the impossibility of immortality.
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