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Mini-beasts living above and below ground are shown in this cross-section through soil. A magnified area showing some of the...Read More >>Mini-beasts living above and below ground are shown in this cross-section through soil. A magnified area showing some of the tiniest creatures is shown in the circle.Besides mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, there are other kinds of animals that live on land. They are mostly small, and some can fly. Some live in our homes, and some even live on us. These are the creatures we call mini-beasts—insects, spiders, worms and many others. You may, on a summer’s day, come across bees and butterflies flitting from flower to flower. Meanwhile, beetles, centipedes and spiders scuttle around on the ground, while the soil is full of ants, worms and other small creatures. Some are far too tiny to see without a microscope.



Mini-beasts living above and below ground are shown in this cross-section through soil. A magnified area showing some of the...Read More >>Mini-beasts living above and below ground are shown in this cross-section through soil. A magnified area showing some of the tiniest creatures is shown in the circle.

Invertebrates

More than 80% of all known living animal species are arthropods.

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