ant /ant/ (n.) 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.
butterfly /ˈbʌtəflaɪ/ (n.) 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.
caterpillar /ˈkatəpɪlə/ (n.) 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/ (n.) 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.
cricket /ˈkrɪkɪt/ (n.) 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.
dragonfly /ˈdraɡ(ə)nflʌɪ/ (n.) 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.
grasshopper /ˈɡrɑːshɒpə/ (n.) 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 /ˈmantɪs/ (n.) 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/ (n.) a cockroach (= a large brown insect with wings, that lives in houses, especially where there is dirt) Example: My son hates roaches.
termite /ˈtəːmʌɪt/ (n.) 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.