Insect or Spider: How Do You Tell?
Learn the key differences.
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
Here's what to look at.
Insects: a wide variety — some even eat plastic, paper, and lint
Spiders: mostly insects, but some even eat small frogs or mice
Insects: yes — that's how they smell
Spiders: no — they sense through bristles on their legs
Insects: 3: head, thorax, abdomen
Spiders: 2: cephalothorax (seh-fuh-luh-THOR-ax), abdomen
Information adapted from Science World.