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Welcome to the insects homepage in the learning zone!

Flies, fleas, beetles and bees are all insects, and the study of insects is called entomology. Insects are probably the most important group of animals on earth - there may be as many as ten million different types of insect alive today! Just click on one of the links to find out more.

Boris the butterfly recommends Instant I.D. if want to know more about an insect you find, or testing yourself with our Power puzzles, but watch out they are really tricky!

'Bug I.D.' and 'Power Puzzles' were written by a student from Abingdon School while on work experience in the Museum. Many of the images in these sections have been reproduced with the permission of Richard Lewington.