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Insects Facts

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Insects Facts
The average housefly lives for one month.
The sole purpose of a drone bee is to mate with the queen bee.
A housefly can only ingest liquid material. They regurgitate their food to liquefy the food that they are going to eat.
German cockroaches can survive for up to one month without food and two weeks without water.
Some male spiders pluck their cobwebs like a guitar, to attract female spiders.
The largest spider ever was the Megarachne which had a diameter of 50 cm. The fossil was found in Argentina.
A honey bee strokes its wings about 11,500 times a minute.
Bees can communicate with other bees by dancing. Their dance can alert other bees as to which direction and the distance nectar and pollen is located.
For more than 3,000 years, Carpenter ants have been used to close wounds in India, Asia and South America.
It takes 12 honeybees to make one teaspoon of honey.
Related species, such as the bat bug and bird bug, prefer to feed on bats, birds, and other wild hosts, but will also feed on humans if the opportunity arises or the preferred host dies or leaves the roost.
The average life span of a mosquito is two weeks.
The Jungle Nymph Stick is one of the heaviest insects. In Malaysia they are often kept by people who feed them guava leaves and use the droppings to make tea.
The speed at which honey bees fly is at 15 miles per hour.
Beeswax production in most hives is about 1 1/2% to 2% of the total honey yield.
Ladybugs make a chemical that smells and tastes terrible so that birds and other predators won't eat them.
The brain of an ant has about 250,000 brain cells.
There are approximately 2,700 different species of mosquitoes.
A bird called the bee eater in areas of Africa thinks that riding around on the backs of other animals is fun!
Butterflies are further divided into 30 orders, the main basis of classification being their wing structure.
Many insects can carry 50 times their own body weight.
The common bed bug, whose preferred host is humans, is rarely encountered, presumably because of improvements in sanitation.
There are more than 300,000 species of beetles, making them the largest order of insects in the world.
A butterfly's taste sensors are located below their feet.
Butterflies get their name from the yellow brimstone butterfly of Europe that is first seen in the early spring or "butter" season.
Mosquitoes prefer children over adults.
The earliest fossil cockroach is about 280 million years old – 80 million years older than the first dinosaurs!
There is only one insect that can turn its head -- the praying mantis.
Bees from the same hive visit about 225,000 flowers per day. One single bee usually visits between 50-1000 flowers a day, but can visit up to several thousand.
Lady Bugs really are not bugs. They are actually beetles and their correct name is The Ladybird Beetle.
The bite from a black widow spider is not automatically fatal. In fact, less than 1% of all people bitten by this spider run the risk of dying, and most of them are saved with the use of antivenin.
There are about 34,000 species of spiders.
A bee travels an average of 1600 round trips in order to produce one ounce of honey; up to 6 miles per trip. To produce 2 pounds of honey, bees travel a distance equal to 4 times around the earth.
Butterflies and moths are found on all land masses except Antarctica.
Locusts can eat their own weight in food in a day. A person eats his own body weight in about half a year.
The color in a butterfly's wings does not come from pigment. The color is produced prism-like by light reflected by their transparent wing scales.
There are more than 2,400 flea species in the world.
Bees fly an average of 13-15 mph.
Just a single hive contains approximately 40-45,000 bees!
The biggest bug in the world is the Goliath Beetle which can weigh up to 3.5 ounces and be 4.5 inches long.
The study of ants is called Myrmecology.
A female ladybug will lay more than 1000 eggs in her lifetime.
During honey production periods, a bee's life span is about 6 weeks.
Only female mosquitoes bite humans. Male mosquitoes live on natural liquids from plants and other resources.
The fiddler crab can grow a new claw when it loses one of its own.
A colony of bees have to fly almost fifty-five thousand miles and tap two million flowers to make one pound of honey.
Dragonflies can fly up to 50 miles per hour.
Of the 35,000 species of spiders, only 27 species are known to have caused human fatalities.
The fastest known insect is a dragon fly that has been clocked at 58 kilometers an hour.
A cockroach can change directions up to 25 times in a second.
Cockroach can live up to nine days without its head.
Night butterflies have ears on their wings so they can avoid bats.
The fastest flying butterfly is the Monarch, which has been clocked with a speed as high as 17 miles per hour.
When the only queen ant dies, so does the entire colony, because no new workers are born.
A dragonfly has a lifespan of for to seven weeks.
During hibernation, ladybugs feed on their stored fat.
One of the most dangerous insect in the world is the common housefly. They carry and transmit more diseases than any other animal in the world.
The female yellow jacket wasp lays both fertilized and unfertilized eggs. Female workers develop from the fertilized egg and male drones develop from the unfertilized egg.
A house fly's feet are 10 million times more sensitive than a human tongue.
Fried spiders taste like nuts.
Scientists have actually performed brain surgery on cockroaches.
The largest butterfly is the Queen Alexandra's birdwing butterfly from Papua New Guinea. The wingspan of the butterfly can reach to be almost one foot.
A caterpillar grows roughly 27,000 times its size when it first emerges as an egg.
Certain female species of spiders such as the Australian crab spider, sacrifice their bodies as a food source for their offspring.
Most fleas do not live past a year old.
The eggs of walking stick insects are among the largest in the insect world. Some eggs are more than eight millimeters long.
Wasps that feed on ferment occasionally get drunk and pass out.

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