Adult insects have segmented bodies divided into a head, a thorax and an abdomen. The head carries a single pair of antennae at the front and a pair of compound eyes on the side. The thorax is made up of three segments, each with a pair of jointed legs. The wings, if present, are attached to the thorax and usually consist of two pairs – the forewings and the hind wings. The abdomen, at the rear of the insect, has 9–11 segments, each with a pair of breathing holes (spiracles) on the side.
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