A crustacean with a broad carapace, stalked eyes, and five pairs of legs, the first pair of which are modified as pincers
A crab with a soft asymmetrical abdomen that lives in a castoff mollusk shell for protection
A cephalopod mollusk with a light external spiral shell and numerous short tentacles around the mouth
A marine echinoderm with five or more radiating arms.
A blind and nomadic tropical ant
A freshwater crayfish
An ant that stores large amounts of honey dew and nectar in its elastic abdomen
A cephalopod mollusk with eight sucker-bearing arms.
A parasitic flatworm. Has a small head bearing hooks and suckers
A bloodsucking bug that is a parasite of birds and mammals
An arachnid witha globular body and long thin legs
Any number of bivalve mollusks with rough irregular shells
A large hairy spider
A hymenopterous insect of the superfamily Apoidea
Fast-flying long-bodied predatory insect with two pairs of large transparent wings
Large marine arthropod with a domed horseshoe-shaped shell. Has ten legs.
Insect that waits motionless for prey with its large spicy forelegs folded like hands in prayer
Feeds on wood. Can be highly destructive to timber and trees
An insect of an order distinguished by forewings typically modified into hard wing cases that cover and protect the hind wings and abdomen
A free-swimming marine coelenterate that has stinging tentacles
Parasitic worm found in the intestines of mammals. Nematode.
Lives by feeding on blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles
Highly venomous spider that has a black body with red markings
Microscopic bug that lives in household dust
Small shrimp like planktonic crustacean of the open sea
Edible bivalve mollusk with a ribbed fan-shaped shell
Has large, straight mandibles capable of opening 180 degrees
Alert ants that can grow up to 40mm long
Long slender, soft body with no limbs
A terrestrial arachnid with lobster like pincers and a poisonous sting at the end of its jointed tail
Insect with two pairs of large wings that are usually bright colored
Terrestrial annelid worm with sucker at both ends
Large marine crustacean, cylindrical body, stalked eyes, and 5 pincers
Small free-swimming crustacean with an elongated body.
Slender long-legged fly with aquatic larvae
Chiefly nocturnal insect related to the butterflies
Marine bivalve mollusk with shells of equal size
Moves forward by arching and straightening its body
A beetle like insect with long antennae and legs, feeding by scavenging
A social winged insect that has a narrow waist and a sting
Crossword puzzles have been published in newspapers and other publications since 1873. They consist of a grid of squares where the player aims to write words both horizontally and vertically.
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