The Fluency Book – Insects (Animals)

by Dr. Monroe Mann, PhD, Esq, MBA, LLM, ME, EMT
Founder & Executive Director, Break Diving, Inc. & the Fluency Project

What is the Fluency Book?

Below are the most common insects that most native speakers in any language should know.  Fill in all the blanks with the translation.  Use a dictionary.  Then move onto the next list!  Every few months, come back, print it out again, and see how many you can remember.  When you can fill this out without looking at a dictionary, nice job!

ANIMALS    _________________

INSECTS    ___________________

  • bug  _______________________
  • ant  _______________________
  • bee  _______________________
  • bumblebee  _______________________
  • wasp  _______________________
  • centipede  _______________________
  • housefly  _______________________
  • moth  _______________________
  • scorpion  _______________________
  • beetle  _______________________
  • bed bug  _______________________
  • worm  _______________________
  • tarantula  _______________________
  • spider  _______________________
  • centipede  _______________________
  • millipede  _______________________
  • firefly  _______________________
  • praying mantis  _______________________
  • butterfly  _______________________
  • cicada/locust  _______________________
  • cockroach  _______________________
  • yellow jacket  _______________________
  • mosquito  _______________________
  • honey bee  _______________________
  • carpenter bee  _______________________
  • flea  _______________________
  • tick  _______________________
  • deer tick  _______________________
  • hornet  _______________________
  • daddy long legs  _______________________
  • fire ant  _______________________
  • ladybug  _______________________
  • cricket  _______________________
  • grasshopper  _______________________
  • horse fly  _______________________

Related Words

  • hexapod  _______________________
  • invertabrates  _______________________
  • exoskeleton  _______________________
  • jointed legs  _______________________
  • antenna  _______________________
  • wings  _______________________
  • stinger  _______________________

Related Verbs

  • to buzz  _______________________
  • to bite  _______________________
  • to sting  _______________________
  • to pollinate  _______________________

Related Expressions

  • to get stung by a bee  __________________________________________
  • to kill a mosquito  __________________________________________
  • to catch a butterfly  __________________________________________

Common Sentences

  • The moth ate holes in my sweater.   __________________________________________________________________
  • Oh no, I have bed bugs in my apartment.   __________________________________________________________________
  • Oh yuck, look at the size of that cockroach.   __________________________________________________________________
  • I used to catch fireflies when I was a child.   __________________________________________________________________
  • I love the sounds the cicadas make.   __________________________________________________________________
  • Be careful!  Those fire ants will sting you.   __________________________________________________________________
  • My friend has lyme disease because of a deer tick.   __________________________________________________________________
  • Honey comes from honey bees.   __________________________________________________________________
  • A centipede supposedly has one hundred legs.   __________________________________________________________________
  • A millipede supposedly has one thousand legs.   __________________________________________________________________
  • A dragonfly supposedly has 60,000 eyes.   __________________________________________________________________
  • Mosquitoes can carry many diseases so be sure to use insect repellent.   __________________________________________________________________

Are we missing any others that most native speakers know?  Let us know!  We appreciate your assistance as a volunteer!


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