Find out about nature’s insects with iOS apps

By Marlon Votta - Aug 10, 2011

Insects can be a real problem to some people especially farmers that have their crops ruined by them. Finding out as much as we can about these creepy creatures can help us learn to live without fear of the unexpected visit. We have a strange relationship with insects as we feel that pretty ones are acceptable like butterflies, but feel wasps are horrible creatures, yet parasitic wasps are increasingly used in agricultural pest control as they prey mostly on pest insects and have little impact on crops.

Insects from the Latin word insectum, means cut into sections. These are a class of creature within the arthropods that have a chitinous exoskeleton, a three-part body, three pairs of jointed legs, compound eyes, and two antennae. They are among the most diverse groups of animals on the planet, include more than a million described species, and represent more than half of all known living organisms. The number of species is estimated at between six and ten million and they represent over 90% of the differing life forms on Earth. We thought it would be a good idea to let you in on some insect apps available.

Insects HD by Faceted Thought, LLC is available through the iTunes App Store for $0.99. This application has many different types of insects in beautiful high definition for you to view with great zoom features. With a fun quiz to test your knowledge you will also get information and images of dozens of new insects.

Deadliest Insects in the World by Feather & Moor, Ltd. is an amazing way to venture into the weird and wonderful world of insects and arachnids. Available for $0.99 at the App Store you will find some of the strangest looking creatures in existence. Find out useful facts and access information on the world’s deadliest insects. Apparently, there are over 180 million insects for every human living today.

Insects Study Guide by Brighthouse Labs is $4.99 at the App Store. This is an ideal app for students preparing for a test. You may just find this an interesting companion for you to learn more about insects. Containing relevant pages about Insects from Wikipedia gives you the opportunity to view them whenever you like. You can also search the index to find a specific topic with the built in search feature.

Garden Insects by Natural Guides, LLC is a North Woods Garden insect guide. Featuring 18 of the most common garden pests that thrive on the hard work you put into your vegetables each year. This is the ideal app to help you eradicate those troublesome pests from destroying your crops. For $0.99 at the App Store, this application will give you some home remedies for deterring certain insects. There are also quizzes to test your knowledge about the natural world.

With apps, you can have a mobile reference to help you determine the differences between harmful pests and insects that can assist you. You may think it is wise to know what insects are dangerous just in case you come across one. These apps are compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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