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Force and Motion Glossary

A

abdomen
the part of the body that contains the stomach and intestines
antennae
an organ attached to the head of an insect which is sensitive to feelings and sometimes odors

C

complex
complicated
compound eyes
an eye with hundreds of light sensitive parts

D

distinctly
clearly
diverse
in various forms

E

exoskeleton
a hard outer structure, such as the shell of an insect, that provides protection or support for an organism

F

forewings
the front wings

G

generations
the average span of time between the birth of parents and that of their offspring

H

herbivores
animals whose diet consists of plant life

I

invisible
unable to be seen

L

Lepidoptera
insects with four scaly wings

M

metamorphosis
a complete change of physical form
mimicry
to copy in order to protect from predators

N

nectar
A liquid which forms in the center of flowers — a major food for adult butterflies
neutral color scheme
a set of colors which blend into the background — not bright
numerous
many

P

predators
animals that hunt other animals for food
process
a series of changes

R

recognizable
to identify from memory

S

sections
parts or portions
sheltered location
a protected place
specimens
examples
symmetrical
two halves appear the same

T

thorax
the part of an insect that holds the legs and wings — between the abdomen and head

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