What is the difference between a bug and an insect?

Are they the same thing or different?

What are examples of each?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Bug can mean many things:

    Formally, an insect of the order Hemiptera, also known as the "true bugs". (Outdated taxonomies sometimes use the name Heteroptera.)

    More colloquially, any arthropod (excepting most crustaceans); includes insects, but also non-insects such as spiders and centipedes.

    Informally, a pathogen such as virus or bacteria that causes illness

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    A lot of insects.especially unpleasant ones have been mistakenly termed bugs. Bugs are very small things,bed bugs, microbes and viruses which could not be termed insects. Bugs is a term also used to describe faults in equipment .cars and so on.Also the various problems that affect computers. The world of insects is huge. Ranging from beautiful butterflies to not very nice creepy crawlies.

  • 1 decade ago

    A bug is a general term usually associated with a plethora of inevertebrates.

    Insects are group that reside within the category of invertebrates classification. Having 6 legs and 3 distinct body parts: Head; Thorax, Abdomen.

    In general people refer to: ants. spiders, beetles, wasps, bees, flys as bugs... others even extend this to cover slugs, worms, snails etc (although less commonly).

    In other terms Insect is a scientifcally defined classification, bug is undefined generalisation of small "insect-like" creatures.

  • Swamy
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Insects which trouble you are bugs.

    The word is used to mean many things including insects and bacteria.

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  • 1 decade ago

    A bug is an American word for what British English calls an insect. All insects are never called bugs in British English. The term bug is used when taking about a virus such as flu etc........ "I caught a bug last week".

  • 1 decade ago

    For most people, bugs encompasses anything creepy crawly - spiders, centipedes, ants, cockroaches, worms, flies etc.

    Strictly speaking insects have three main body parts - head thorax and abdomen, as well as six legs. This would encompass bees, ants, wasps, butterflies, grass hoppers, and beetles. But not spiders (8 legs) and centipedes (multiple legs). They come under arachnids, not insects.

  • 1 decade ago

    I suppose a bug can be any sort of creepy crawlie......but an insect will always be a 6 legged little beastie :o)

  • 1 decade ago

    Well technically, I am not sure, but I think of bugs as say like beetles, (with a shell) and insects as say a wasp or caterpillar or ant etc. I don't know why I think that, but I do.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Bug is an informal word used to describe inscets, viruses etc.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    A spider has 8 legs, and you get someone else to smoosh it. A bug has 6 legs and you can smoosh it yourself.

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