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InsectARium Flashcard Key Terms

Key words in the InsectARium Flashcard series I. English version.
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camouflage
An adaptation that enables species to blend with their surroundings
pollen baskets
An area on the back legs of bees where they store pollen during pollination, also called honey sacs
nonvenomous
An organism that does not produce venom
mandibles
Powerful jaws found in certain insects largely for the purpose of crushing or cutting or in defending against predators.
adaptations
Changes in physical structure, function, or behavior that allow an organism or species to survive and reproduce in a given environment.
GMO herbicide-resistant crops
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) are plants and other organisms whose genetic material has been altered to develop resistant to disease and are developed to increase tolerance to herbicides and insecticides (chemicals used to control weeds and pests).
larvae or larval form
immature insects that do not look like adult insects
setae
Hair-like bristles found on certain insects
proboscis
A tube-like beak for sucking fluids and juices from plants and/or other organisms. True bugs have this structure to puncture and suck plant and animal juices. In butterflies the proboscis can roll into a coil and is used for sucking flower nectar.
host plant
The plant adult butterflies and moths use for egg-laying
biodiversity
The diversity of plant and animal life in a particular habitat or globally.
aposematism
Bright conspicuous markings of certain distasteful or poisonous animals, which predators recognize and learn to avoid
predators
An organism that catches and eats other organisms of a different species.
ventral
Bottom or belly side of an organism.
dorsal
Pertaining to the back surface of a body part
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