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Bugs vs. Insects

Often times, the terms “bug” and “insect” get mixed up. What’s the difference? First and foremost, all bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs. Still confused? Here’s a breakdown to explain the difference:

Insects have 4 life stages: egg, larva/nymph, pupa, and adult. Their body parts consist of three areas: head, thorax, and abdomen. All insects have antennae, which work as sensory organs to detect sound, heat, touch, sound, motion, and taste. Most adult insects have 4 wings (for some insects, like ants, only the female adult has wings). Insects are amazing because of their ability to carry loads that are several times their body weight.

Examples of insects are: beetles, dragonflies, aphids, butterflies, worm, root maggots, moths, bees, wasps, flies, grasshoppers, crickets, ants, and cockroaches.

Bugs have 3 life stages: egg, larva/nymph, and adult; an incomplete metamorphosis unique only to bugs. True bugs are the only insects that have beak-like mouths, which are intended for piercing or sucking (like that pesky mosquito) and are usually parasites. Their wings can be more leathery and sometimes they only have 2.

Examples of bugs are: stink bug, water bug, water skater, bed bug, leaf hopper, mealy bug, cicada, and frog hopper.

They may be regarded as pests, but bugs and insects play a crucial role in maintaining our eco-system and keeping it balanced. We may not like them, but we need them! May 2015 is Bug & Insect month at BumbleBeesRus, and all of our centers will participate in weekly fun activities.

 Click here to view and download our Bugs & Insects handout.