Collection of insect names in Hindi and 5 other Indian languages. For each insect listed below, we have carefully curated high-quality pictures, photos and videos. If you are teaching about insects to your kid, our facts and trivia will help in starting a great conversation. You can also download and print our insect chart, stickers and colouring sheets for free. Finally, we also share with you our recommendations on the best insect books and toys for kids. Please use the table of contents to click and navigate.
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Ant in Indian Languages Hindi चींटी ( Cheentee) Bengali পিঁপড়া (Pimpara) Tamil எறும்பு ( Eṟumpu) Kannada ಇರುವೆ ( Iruve) Marathi मुंगी ( Muṅgī) Talking Points Ants have six legs and they are all attached to its trunk. Ants have antennas. These help them to hear, taste, touch and smell. They use antennas to touch one another and ‘talk’ to each other in ‘ant’ language. Ants don’t have ears. They “hear” by feeling vibrations in the ground through their feet. Ants don’t have lungs. Oxygen enters through tiny holes all over its body and carbon dioxide leaves through the same holes. The ant is one of the strongest creatures. A single ant can carry 20 times its own body weight, and they work together to move bigger objects. Ants prefer sweet food but will eat almost anything including meats, insects, eggs, oils etc. Ants live in colonies. There are three different types of ants in a colony. There is the queen ant, male ant and female worker. “Queen” ants are the head of ant colonies, Male ants are called “drones”. Ants are the longest living insects. Queen ants can live up to 30 years, workers live for 1 to 3 years, while male ants survive only a few weeks. Only queen ants and male drones have wings. Worker ants build the colonies and collect food for all the other ants. There are more than 12,000 species of ants. 2. Cockroach Cockroach on the Floor Cockroach Baby Cockroach Cockroach Video
Cockroach in Indian Languages Hindi तिलचट्टा ( Tilachatta) Bengali তেলাপোকা ( Tēlāpōkā) Tamil கரப்பான் பூச்சி (Karappāṉ pūcci) Kannada ಜಿರಳೆ ( Jiraḷe) Marathi झुरळ ( Jhuraḷa) Talking Points Cockroaches lived on Earth for more than 320 million years. (Since the time of dinosaurs). Cockroaches have six long and spiny legs. Cockroaches have wings. But not all cockroaches use these wings to fly. A cockroach can live almost a month without food. A cockroach can live for two weeks without water. A cockroach can survive a whole week without its head. Cockroaches are commonly found in apartments and office buildings because they prefer warm environments close to food and water. There are 4,500 different species of cockroaches in the world. Cockroaches use their antennae to taste and smell. Cockroaches eat garbage, plant, insects, toothpaste, glue, books etc. 3. Termite Termite Termite with Young Ones Termite with Wings Termite Video
Termite in Indian Languages Hindi दीमक ( deemak) Bengali উই ( U’i) Tamil கரையான் ( Karaiyāṉ) Kannada ಗೆದ್ದಲು ( Geddalu) Marathi दीमक ( Dīmaka) Talking Points Termites have been around for more than 120 million years and are related to cockroaches. Termites love to eat wood. Termites damage buildings, floors, furniture and other wooden things. Termites have wings. There are about 2000 species of termites in the world. Termites live in colonies. Each colony has millions of termites. Each colony has three kinds of termites: royalty, soldiers, and workers. Their nests are made of dirt, clay, and chewed wood. 4. Silkworm Silkworm Silkworm and Cocoons Silkworm Cocoons Silkworm Video
Silkworm in Indian Languages Hindi रेशमी का कीड़ा ( Reshamee ka keeda) Bengali রেশমগুটি ( Rēśamaguṭi) Tamil பட்டுப்புழு ( Paṭṭuppuḻu) Kannada ರೇಷ್ಮೆ ಹುಳು ( Rēṣme huḷu) Marathi रेशीम किडा ( Rēśīma kiḍā) Talking Points Silkworm is the larva or caterpillar of a moth. Silkworm spins its cocoon from raw silk that it makes in its mouth. It takes at least 2 days for a silkworm to complete its cocoon. One silkworm cocoon is made of one thread of raw silk thread (300 to 900 meters). If the silkworm is allowed to survive after spinning its cocoon, it will make a hole in the cocoon when it exits as a moth. This would cut the thread and ruin the silk. So, cocoons are thrown into boiling water. This kills the silkworms and makes the cocoons clear and easier to detangle. Silkworm eats mulberry leaves. The adult silkworms cannot fly. The silkworm-moths have wings about 2 inches wide and a white hairy body. The silkworm has three growth stages: larva, pupa and adult. Silkworm is consumed in Korea, China and Japan. 5. Cricket Cricket Cricket on the Floor Cricket Cricket Video
Cricket in Indian Languages Hindi क्रिकेट ( Kriket ) Bengali ক্রিকেটের পোকা ( Krikēṭēra pōkā) Tamil கிரிக்கெட் பூச்சி ( Kirikkeṭ pūcci) Kannada ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್ ಕೀಟ ( Krikeṭ kīṭa) Marathi क्रिकेट कीटक ( Krikēṭa kīṭaka) Talking Points Crickets are known for their chirping sounds. Male crickets chirp by rubbing their wings together. They are often confused with grasshoppers because they have a similar flat body structure. There are about 900 species of crickets. Crickets are active at night, that is why we hear them at night. Crickets can be black, yellow, purple, red, orange, dark brown or green in colour. Crickets have excellent eyesight. Crickets live in grasses, trees, bushes and nearly anywhere else. Crickets have one pair antennas, called feelers. Antennas can help them to detect prey and finding food. Even though crickets have wings, they do not fly. Crickets have strong back legs and they are excellent climbers. People of Vietnam and Cambodia eat cricket. Crickets are popular pets and symbol of good luck in China. 6. Honeybee Honey Bee Bees Collecting Pollen Bees on Honeycomb Honey Bee Video
Honey Bee in Indian Languages Hindi मधुमक्खी ( Madhumakkhee) Bengali মৌমাছি ( Maumāchi) Tamil தேனீ ( Tēṉī) Kannada ಜೇನು ನೊಣ ( Jēnu noṇa) Marathi मधमाशी ( Madhamāśī) Talking Points Honey bees live in hives (called colonies). Bees have 5 eyes and 6 legs. Honey bees collect nectar and pollen from plants. The members of the hive are divided into three types: Queen, Workers, Drones. Male bees in the hive are called drones. Worker bees are females and they do all the tasks needed to maintain the hive. One queen runs the whole hive. If the queen bee dies, workers will choose a new queen by selecting a young larva and feeding it a special food called “royal jelly“. This enables the larva to develop into a fertile queen. A beehive can hold around 50,000 bees. Honey bees fly at a speed of 25km per hour and beat their wings 200 times per second. The worker bee lives for just five to six weeks. During this time, she will produce about 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime. Queen bee can live up to five years. Bees are hairier with flat back legs. Bees have a pollen basket on their hind legs. Honey bees share information about the food sources, by performing ‘waggle dance’. Bee waggles its body to indicate the direction of the food source and duration of the dance indicates the distance. 7. Wasp Wasp Wasp Flying Wasp Nest Wasp Video
Wasp in Indian Languages Hindi ततैया (Tataiya) Bengali বোলতা ( Bōlatā) Tamil குளவி ( Kuḷavi) Kannada ಕಣಜ ( Kaṇaja) Marathi गांधीलमाशी ( Gāndhīlamāśī) Talking Points Wasp are known for buzzing and painful stings. Wasps live in colonies of up to 10,000 workers. The members of the colonies are divided into queens, males, and workers. A male wasp is called a Drone. The workers build nest and collect food. Wasps make nests from paper. They chew strips of bark from thin-barked trees and spit it out to form a rough paper. There are 75,000 species of wasps in the world. Wasps are different from bees because they have pointed lower abdomens and a much narrower waist than bees have. Wasps eat plants, fruits, nectar, honey and sometimes they hunt and eat flies, grasshoppers, caterpillars, bees. Wasps can be in yellow colour, black, brown. Some are even in metallic blue and bright red colour. Wasps are active during the day. Wasps are helpful to humans by controlling pest insect populations. 8. Caterpillar Caterpillar Caterpillar on Leaf Giant Leopard Moth Caterpillar Caterpillar in the Stage of Cocoon Formation Caterpillar Video
Caterpillar in Indian Languages Hindi कमला ( Kamala) Bengali শুঁয়াপোকা ( Śum̐ẏāpōkā) Tamil கம்பளிப்பூச்சி ( Kampaḷippūcci) Kannada ಮರಿಹುಳು ( Marihuḷu) Marathi सुरवंट ( Suravaṇṭa) Talking Points A caterpillar is a young butterfly or moth that has just hatched out of its egg . A caterpillar is a tiny insect larva. When it is older, the caterpillar will turn into a pupa (also known as a chrysalis ), and then pupa will turn into a butterfly. Most caterpillars are herbivores and eat leaves, stems, branches or roots of the plant. Caterpillars have more than six legs, three pairs of legs at the front and up to 5 pairs of false legs at the back. Flase legs are called prolegs. Prolegs help caterpillars cling and climb plants. There are many different types of caterpillars which vary in colour, size, and diet. Caterpillars are an important source of food for birds and other invertebrates . 9. Butterfly Monarch Butterfly Blue Monarch Butterfly Queen Swallowtail butterfly Birdwing Butterfly Butterfly Lifecycle Butterflies Butterfly Video
Butterfly in Indian Languages Hindi तितली ( Titalee) Bengali প্রজাপতি ( Prajāpati) Tamil பட்டாம்பூச்சி ( Paṭṭāmpūcci) Kannada ಚಿಟ್ಟೆ ( Ciṭṭe) Marathi फुलपाखरू ( Phulapākharū) Talking Points Butterflies are beautiful and bright coloured insects with unique patterns. They come in a large variety of shapes, sizes and a unique lifecycle. A butterfly’s lifecycle is made of four parts: egg, larva (caterpillars), pupa (chrysalis) and adult. A butterfly begins as an egg. The next stage is a larva and is called a caterpillar. Caterpillars are common in the grass, gardens and on trees. The third stage is when caterpillar grows and creates a cocoon known as a chrysalis. The caterpillar will spend some days, or weeks, inside this cocoon, until it is fully-formed as a butterfly. The adult butterfly sits for few hours until its wings are filled with blood and dried, then it is ready to fly away. Butterflies have six legs. Butterflies have four wings. Butterflies have longer and thinner antennae. When they rest, butterflies have their wings closed. Butterflies feed on nectar from flowers, pollen, tree sap, dung or rotting fruit. Butterflies have taste receptors on their feet. There are 15000 and 20000 different species of butterfly. 10. Moth Moth Moth on Floor Moth with Wings Closed Moth on Wall Moth Video
Moth in Indian Languages Hindi कीट ( Keet) Bengali পোকা ( Pōkā) Tamil அந்துப்பூச்சி ( Antuppūcci) Kannada ಚಿಟ್ಟೆ ( Ciṭṭe) Marathi पतंग ( Pataṅga) Talking Points Moth and butterfly belong to the same insect family ( Lepidoptera). Moths are active during the night and their bodies are dark coloured. There are about 160,000 species of moths that are all different colours, shapes, and sizes. Moths have antennae shorter than butterflies. Moths rest with their wings open. Moth eats tree sap and nectar from flowers. Moths have tiny hairs and scales on their wings. Moths use the position of the moon or stars to navigate during the flight. If the position of the moon or stars are not obvious, moths use earth’s magnetic field – geomagnetic signals. 11. Mosquito Mosquito Mosquito Sucking Blood Mosquito Video
Mosquito in Indian Languages Hindi मच्छर ( Machchhar) Bengali মশা ( Maśā) Tamil கொசு ( Kocu) Kannada ಸೊಳ್ಳೆ ( Soḷḷe) Marathi डास ( Ḍāsa) Talking Points Mosquitoes have a slim and segmented body with one pair of wings, three pairs of long hair-like legs, feathery antennae, and elongated mouthparts. Mosquitoes consume the blood of humans and animals. Female mosquitoes feed on blood, plant juices and nectar. The mosquito’s mouth, called a proboscis, looks like an upside-down funnel with the narrow needlelike end pointing down, to pierce the skin and suck blood. There are more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes in the world. Mosquitoes spread diseases like malaria, dengue, yellow fever and encephalitis when they feed on blood. Male mosquitoes feed on nectar, honeydew and plant juices. 12. Housefly Housefly Housefly Flying Housefly Video
Housefly in Indian Languages Hindi मक्खी ( Makkhee ) Bengali মাছি ( Māchi) Tamil ஈ ( Ī) Kannada Marathi माशी (Mashi) Talking Points House fly buzz in your ear, land on your food or crawl in your house. Flies have two wings. Flies have hairy and sticky feet. Housefly produces sticky substance and can stick to any surface. Fly can walk. Flies move their wings 200 times per second. It can fly at a speed of 5 miles per hour. There are 100,000 species of flies in the world. Flies don’t have teeth. Its mouthparts consist of proboscis, which sucks up food in liquid form. Houseflies feed on sugary liquids, nectar, fruits, vegetables and decaying matter. House flies are active during the day. They rest during the night. 13. Ladybird Ladybird on Stem Ladybird Yellow Ladybird Ladybird Video Talking Points Ladybirds are a type of beetle. They come in different colours, including red, orange, yellow with black dots on them. Some ladybirds have no spots and others have white spots/stripes. Ladybirds have oval, dome-shaped bodies with six short legs. They have two pair of wings. The outer pair is the hard shell for protection and an inner pair of wings are used for flying. Ladybirds are helpful for farmers because they consume plant-eating insects, such as aphids and mites, which are harmful for plants. Ladybirds taste and smell with their antennae. To protect themself from danger, ladybirds pretend to be dead and also, they release a yellow fluid from their legs which is stinky and toxic to other insects. These are the defence mechanism they use to get rid of the predators. There are about 5,000 different species of ladybirds in the world. These are also known as lady beetles or ladybugs. 14. Stinkbug Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Green Stink Bug Stink Bug on Leaf Stinkbug Video Talking Points Stink bug has a shield-like triangular body with a pair of wings, six legs and antenna on top of the head. Stink bugs are usually brown, green, or greyish in colour . Stink bugs eat plants, flowers, fruits, crops, larvae, caterpillars etc. They live in garden, farm and orchard. Stink bugs release very bad smell when they are hurt or crushed. This smell is from glands by their legs that produce the stinky chemical. They also use this chemical to protect them from predators. Stink bugs are also called shield bugs. 15. Beetle Rhinoceros Beetle Hercules Beetle Goldflower Beetle Colorado Potato Beetle Beetle Video
Beetle in Indian Languages Hindi भृंग ( Beetle) Bengali পোকা ( Pōkā) Tamil வண்டு ( Vaṇṭu) Kannada ಜೀರುಂಡೆ ( Jīruṇḍe) Marathi बीटल ( Bīṭala) Talking Points Beetles are the most common type of bug in the world. Beetles have six legs. Beetles have a hard shell and four wings. Beetles are in different colours, including yellow, green, red, orange or purple with stripes or spots. Some species of beetles destroy plants and trees. Some other species of beetles help the environment by eating unnecessary wastes and harmful insects. Beetles cannot see well, so they interact using sounds, vibrations and pheromones. There are 300,000 different species of beetles in the world. 16. Firefly Firefly Firefly Light Fireflies in a Glass Jar Fireflies Firefly Video
Firefly in Indian Languages Hindi जुगनू ( Juganoo) Bengali জোনাকি ( Jōnāki) Tamil மின்மினிப் பூச்சி (Miṉmiṉip pūcci) Kannada ಫೈರ್ ಫ್ಲೈ ( Phair phlai) Marathi गोळीबार ( Gōḷībāra) Talking Points Fireflies are a type of beetle. Firefly is a bioluminescent insect. It can make its own light. Fireflies glow is a chemical reaction. The firefly’s light-producing organ is called the “lantern,” and it is located in insect’s abdomen. Fireflies contain a chemical in their abdomen called luciferin. When that chemical combines with oxygen and with an enzyme called luciferase, the chemical reaction (bioluminescence) causes their abdomen to light up. Fireflies use their light to communicate with each other. Each species has its own flash pattern. Firefly’s light can be yellow, green or orange. They are also called ‘lightning bugs’ or ‘forest stars’. There are more than 2000 different species of fireflies. They are active at night. 17. Grasshopper Grasshopper Grasshopper Jump Eastern Lubber Grasshopper Grasshopper Video
Grasshopper in Indian Languages Hindi टिड्डी ( Tiddee) Bengali ফড়িং ( Phaṛiṁ) Tamil வெட்டுக்கிளி ( Veṭṭukkiḷi) Kannada ಮಿಡತೆ ( Miḍate) Marathi फडफड ( Phaḍaphaḍa) Talking Points Grasshoppers have six legs, two pairs of wings, two antennae, a head, thorax, and abdomen. Their back wings are larger than the front wings. Back legs help them to jump. They can jump 20 times as far as their body length. Grasshoppers are in different colours, including brown, yellowish-brown, reddish-brown and light green. Some grasshoppers are even striped. Grasshoppers eat plants, leaves, grasses and cereal crops. Grasshoppers have shorter antennae than crickets. Grasshoppers rub their forelegs against their wings to make sounds, while crickets rub their wings together to make a sound. They live in grassy areas such as fields, meadows, forest and woodland. There are 11,000 species of a grasshopper on earth. 18. Dragonfly Dragonfly Red Skimmer Dragonfly Blue Dragonfly Yellow and Black Dragonfly Dragonfly Video
Dragonfly in Indian Languages Hindi ड्रैगनफ्लाई ( Draiganaphlaee) Bengali ফড়িং ( Phaṛiṁ) Tamil தட்டாம்பூச்சி ( Taṭṭāmpūcci) Kannada ಡ್ರ್ಯಾಗನ್ಫ್ಲೈ ( Ḍryāganphlai) Marathi ड्रॅगनफ्लाय ( Ḍrĕganaphlāya) Talking Points Dragonflies have a long body, four transparent wings, six legs, a thorax, a head and large eyes. Dragonflies are in different colours including blue, green, yellow and red. They cannot walk. They are extremely fast at flying and even fly backwards. Dragonflies are found in lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands. They eat flies, mosquitoes, gnats and other types of insects. They warm up in the sun during the morning before taking off and flying for most of the day. There are over 5,000 species of dragonflies. Groups of dragonflies are called swarms. In England, dragonfly is named as “water dipper”, “old glassy” in China, and the ancient Celts called them “big needle of wings.” 19. Flea Flea Flea in Animal Fur Flea trying to Bite Human Skin Flea Video
Flea in Indian Languages Hindi देहिका ( Dehika) Bengali মাছি ( Māchi) Tamil பிளே பூச்சி ( Piḷē pūcci) Kannada ಚಿಗಟ ( Cigaṭa ) Marathi पिसू ( Pisū) Talking Points Flea is an insect that lives on animals and humans. Fleas drink blood of the animal or human they bite. They have a flat body covered with tiny hairs and spines. They have three pairs of legs. Hind legs are used for jumping. There are several types of flea including the dog flea, cat flea, human flea, northern rat flea, and the oriental rat flea. Dog fleas and cat fleas are brownish-black to black in colour, but after sucking blood they become reddish black. Human fleas, Northern Rat Flea and Oriental rat fleas are reddish-brown. Flea larvae are whitish and do not have eyes or legs. Fleas do not have wings. Fleas jump from one place to another. Fleas live in warm, moist places. Flea bites are usually red bumps and they itch. Insects Chart Insects Stickers Insects Worksheets Insects Books Insects Toys
Thank you for reading our blog on insects. In order to help parents teach about insects to their kids, we have also translated the names of insects into 5 Indian languages: Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada and Marathi. While there are many types of insects, we have selected a few popular ones which adults and children commonly search for. Besides the pictures and photos that are already in the blog, we have also provided the readers more options to view amazing high-quality pictures from good websites. Similarly for videos of insects, besides the ones that are already in the blog, we have curated and shared the links of other amazing videos from reputed sources. The ‘talking points’ section gives simple facts and general trivia for kids. These talking points can also be used by parents for ‘show and tell’ events that kids commonly participate in.
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