WILDLIFE

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IIINSECTS

Insects are a class of invertebrates that have a chitinous exoskeleton, a three-part body (head, thorax and abdomen), three pairs of jointed legs, compound eyes and one pair of antennae. The word "insect" comes from the Latin word insectum, meaning "with a notched or divided body".

 

Insects are incredibly diverse, with the number of extant species estimated at between six and ten million. 

They represent a staggering 90% of the differing animal life forms on Earth.

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Common Flangetail.

Ictinogomphus pertinax is a common dragonfly, seen on top of plants or hovering along pond edges, here near Tai Po. Look for the distincitive projection near the end of its abdomen. Please see the blog for more dragonfly information and fun-facts.

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