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If your bug has three pairs of legs it is an insect


All insects have six legs. They make up a group of arthropod called the hexapods - meaning six legs.

There are about 25 different groups of insect, each group is called an order. If you want to find out which order your insect belongs to you can have a go using our key.

Click on each part of the insect below - antennae, mouth, body and wings.
To identify your specimen you will need to complete each item of information.

A generalised insect Antennae Antennae Mouth parts Wings Wings Body
Antennae length:
Body length:
Body features:
Direction of mouth parts:
Purpose/appearance of mouth parts:
Wing texture:
Number and size of wings:

Do want to identify another bug? Return to the key!