This week we are looking at more minibeasts.Minibeasts are small animals that do not have a skeleton.They live all around us in many different places.
Ladybird:It is a small,round flying beetle.It hibernates in the winter.A ladybird has 6 legs.It has 2 antennae,which allow it to touch,taste and smell.It has black spots on its body.Its body is really a shell that protects two pairs of delicate wings.Aphids(greenfly) are small garden pests that eat the leaves of some flowers.Ladybirds eat the aphids.The female lays her eggs on the underside of a leaf,near aphids so her babies will have food when they hatch.
Spider:Spiders are arachnids,not insects.They have 8 legs and up to 8 eyes(4 pairs).They hatch from eggs.They have fangs.They usually eat other spiders and insects.They spin webs using the silk from their spinnerets.Webs are made to catch insects to eat.
Woodlouse:It has 14 legs.It doesn't like sunlight.It comes out at night and likes to live in rotting wood.
Caterpillar:This is a baby butterfly.Caterpillars eat the leaves of pIants.It will eat until its skin gets too tight and then it will shed it.It has 8 pairs of legs and 12 eyes.Some caterpillars are poisonous and birds do not like to eat them.
Fly:A female can lay over 3000 eggs in her lifetime.She often lays her eggs on food.A fly lives for 21 days.It has no teeth.
Ant:It lives in a group called a colony.There can be millions of ants in a colony.They are hard workers.The queen ant lays the eggs and some of the other ants act as soldiers to protect her.
Snail:It can turn its eyes inside out to protect them.It is slow moving and leaves behind a trail of slime. It is most active at night.
Bee:A bee can only sting once and then it dies.It is the only insect that produces food that people eat,honey.Bees talk to each other by dancing.
Butterfly:It eats nectar from flowers.It has 2 pairs of wings.Some butterflies have markings on their wings to scare birds away.
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