English Vocabulary for Insects

Learn Common Insects in English

This is a lesson to help you learn common English words for insects and bugs. There are eight learning methods for you to work through, including five different games and three different types of flashcard. At the end, there are three example sentences for each word.

Vocabulary Games for

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Table of Contents

  • Match-the-Pairs Game
  • Memory Game
  • Basic Flash Cards
  • Spell-the-Word Game
  • Multi-Choice Test
  • Learn with Hangman!
  • "Sentence" Flash Cards
  • "Missing Word" Flash Cards
  • Example Sentences

Match-the-Pairs Game

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  • Your mission is to match each picture with the correct word in as few a clicks as possible.
  • There are three pictures in each set, and there are sets to complete.
  • Click on your first square to start. Good luck!
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Memory Game

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  • Your mission is to pair pictures with their correct titles in as few a clicks as possible.
  • Click on a card to turn it. Next, try to find its partner by clicking on a second card. (If you fail to find a match with your second click, both cards will turn again.)
  • This is a memory game as well as a vocabulary-learning game.
  • Click on your first card to start. Good luck!
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Basic Flash Cards

Spell-the-Word Game

Spell the word represented by the picture.

Multi-Choice Test

Select the correct word or picture.

Learn with Hangman!

Hangman is a classic word game. In this version, the hidden word is one of the words from the "insects" category. Choose your first letter to start.
  • Guess the hidden word by choosing one letter at a time.
  • If you guess a letter in the hidden word, then all is good.
  • If you guess a letter that is not in the hidden word, then the hangman starts to build the gallows.
  • If the gallows are completed, you lose.
  • Good luck!
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Create Your Own Version of This Game

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"Sentence" Flash Cards

Click on the box to see the word in a sentence.

"Missing Word" Flash Cards

Click on the box to see the missing word in a sentence.

Example Sentences

Here are 3 sentences for each of the following words from the "insects" category:
  • worm, ant, bee, beetle, butterfly, caterpillar, centipede, cockroach, dragonfly, fly, grasshopper, ladybug, mosquito, moth, slug, snail, spider
worm

worm

  • A worm is a long, slim, and legless creature that lives in the soil.
  • Worms play an essential role in soil health by aerating the ground and breaking down organic matter.
  • Children often enjoy observing and learning about worms in their backyard.
ant

ant

  • An ant is a small insect known for its strong teamwork and organized colonies.
  • Ants can be found almost everywhere, from forests to urban areas.
  • They communicate with each other using chemical signals and work together to gather food and build nests.
bee

bee

  • A bee is a flying insect known for its role in pollinating flowers and producing honey.
  • Bees are important for the growth of many fruits and vegetables, as they transfer pollen from one flower to another.
  • Some bees live in hives and are cared for by a queen bee, while others are solitary.
beetle

beetle

  • A beetle is a hard-shelled insect that comes in various shapes and sizes.
  • Beetles are one of the most diverse groups of insects, with over 350,000 different species.
  • They can be found in nearly every habitat, from forests to deserts.
butterfly

butterfly

  • A butterfly is a colorful insect with delicate wings that are often covered in intricate patterns.
  • Butterflies undergo a fascinating transformation from a caterpillar to a chrysalis and then to a butterfly.
  • They are known for their graceful flight and are admired for their beauty.
caterpillar

caterpillar

  • A caterpillar is the larval stage of a butterfly or moth.
  • It has a segmented body and typically feeds on leaves and plants.
  • As a caterpillar grows, it sheds its old skin in a process called molting.
centipede

centipede

  • A centipede is a long, many-legged arthropod that is known for its quick movements.
  • Despite its name, a centipede typically has fewer than 100 legs.
  • Centipedes are carnivorous and often prey on insects and small creatures.
cockroach

cockroach

  • A cockroach is a resilient insect that is often associated with unclean environments.
  • They have a flattened body and are known for their fast scurrying movements.
  • While some cockroaches can be pests, others play important roles in ecosystems.
dragonfly

dragonfly

  • A dragonfly is a flying insect known for its large, transparent wings and long body.
  • Dragonflies are skilled predators that catch and eat other flying insects in mid-air.
  • They are often seen near bodies of water, such as ponds and lakes.
fly

fly

  • A fly is a small insect known for its ability to hover and fly quickly.
  • Flies are attracted to a variety of things, including food, garbage, and flowers.
  • They can be a nuisance but also serve as pollinators in some cases.
grasshopper

grasshopper

  • A grasshopper is a jumping insect known for its strong hind legs.
  • Grasshoppers are herbivores and feed on plants and grasses.
  • They produce chirping sounds by rubbing their legs together, a common sound in meadows and fields.
ladybug

ladybug

  • A ladybug is a small, round beetle known for its bright red or orange color and black spots.
  • They are often considered a symbol of good luck.
  • Ladybugs are beneficial insects that eat aphids and other garden pests.
mosquito

mosquito

  • A mosquito is a tiny flying insect known for its ability to bite and feed on blood.
  • Female mosquitoes are the ones that bite to obtain nutrients for their eggs.
  • They are often associated with buzzing sounds and itchy mosquito bites.
moth

moth

  • A moth is a nocturnal insect that is closely related to butterflies.
  • Some moths are attracted to light sources at night.
  • They come in a variety of shapes and colors and can be found in diverse habitats.
slug

slug

  • A slug is a slow-moving, soft-bodied gastropod mollusk that lacks a protective shell.
  • Slugs are often found in gardens and are known for their plant-eating habits.
  • Gardeners may use various methods to control slugs to protect their plants.
snail

snail

  • A snail is a mollusk with a coiled shell that it carries on its back.
  • Snails move slowly and leave a trail of mucus as they go.
  • Some snail species are used in culinary dishes in certain cultures.
spider

spider

  • A spider is an arachnid with eight legs and often spins silk to create webs for catching prey.
  • Spiders can be found in various environments, from homes to gardens and forests.
  • While some people are afraid of spiders, they play a crucial role in controlling insect populations.
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.