A great egret looks for breakfast at Calamvale Creek


Scientific stuff


Insects belong to the scientific class Insecta, in the phylum Arthropoda. Of all the known animal species, insects make up about five-sixths of them.

Insects stand out from other arthropods because they have six legs. They also have three clear divisions of their body: head, thorax, and abdomen.

Insects are invertebrates — meaning they have no backbone. But some of them have stinging bites.

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Insects at Calamvale Creek

by Regal the butterfly

Insects like it around the creek.

Some of us fly, and others don't. Insects around the creek include butterflies, dragonflies, stick insects, crickets, grasshoppers, termites, earwigs, flies, moths, beetles, ants, wasps, and bees.

Spiders are not insects, of course, because they have eight legs, whereas we insects have six.

Insects are everywhere around the creek, although you may not see some of them because they hide in trees, leaf litter, or the long grass at the northern side of the creek. Some even love it in the muddy sediment at the creek's edge.

Critters of Calamvale Creek

Insects of Calamvale Creek

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