Insect /ˈɪnsekt/ (noun) any small creature with six legs and a body divided into three parts. Insects usually also have wings. Ants , bees and flies are all insects . Example: Insects are the most diverse group of animals
caterpillar /ˈkætərpɪlər/ (noun) a small creature like a worm with legs that develops into a butterfly or moth (= flying insects with large, sometimes brightly coloured, wings) . Caterpillars eat the leaves of plants. Example: I hate caterpillars.
cocoon /kəˈkuːn/ (noun) a cover or case of silk threads that some insects make to protect themselves before they become adults Example: The caterpillars re-emerge to spin cocoons.
butterfly /ˈbʌtərflaɪ/ (noun) a flying insect with a long thin body and four large, usually brightly coloured, wings Example: Butterflies are a type of insect with large often brightly coloured wings.
termite /ˈtɜːrmaɪt/ (noun) an insect that lives in organized groups, mainly in hot countries. Termites do a lot of damage by eating the wood of trees and buildings. Example: I found termites eating up the underside of a board.
ant /ænt/ (noun) a small insect that lives in highly organized groups. There are many types of ant . Example: The ants were the most prolific of the insects we were likely to encounter daily.
dragonfly /ˈdræɡənflaɪ/ (noun) an insect with a long, thin body, often brightly coloured, and two pairs of large transparent wings. Dragonflies are often seen over water. Example: My niece likes watching dragonflies.
cricket /ˈkrɪkɪt/ (noun) a game played on grass by two teams of 11 players. Players score points (called runs ) by hitting the ball with a wooden bat and running between two sets of vertical wooden sticks, called stumps . Example: I saw a cricket in the garden yesterday morning.
grasshopper /ˈɡræshɑːpər/ (noun) an insect with long back legs, that can jump very high and that makes a sound with its legs Example: They also eat insects, especially grasshoppers, and crickets.
mantis /ˈmæntɪs/ (noun) a large green insect that eats other insects. The female mantis often eats the male. Example: One mantis may be kept on its own as a pet.
roach /rəʊtʃ/ (noun) a cockroach (= a large brown insect with wings, that lives in houses, especially where there is dirt) Example: My son hates roaches.