Amazing but true. Interesting facts about bugs

by | Jul 20, 2023 | Pest Control, Feel Good News, In The News

Amazing but true. Interesting facts about bugs.

Amazing but true. Interesting facts about bugs

Bugs, or insects, are incredibly diverse and fascinating creatures. Here are some amazing facts about them.

Termites jam out to rock music

A study from an Australian group of scientists in 2004 shows that termites eat wood faster when rock music plays. Why? The frequency outputs of bass and electric guitars create a vibration in the wooden blocks that mimic the vibration caused by termites feeding which makes them think that the wood is a safe source of food.

Too many mouths to feed

Termite queens will produce between 6,000-7,000 eggs in just one day. One queen of a termite found in Africa was producing eggs at a rate of one every two seconds. That would amount to 43,000 eggs a day if she never took any breaks.

Long live the queen

Red harvester ant queens can live up to 30 years according to a study published in 2013. However, the crown goes to termite queens who can live for up to 50 years.

Cockroaches Can Survive Without Their Heads

Cockroaches can live for up to a week without their heads. This is because they breathe through small holes in their body segments and do not rely on their heads for basic bodily functions.

Faster than a speeding bullet?

A professor at the University of Florida once shot a pellet from an air rifle to see if a male horsefly could catch it. Flying at around 90 mph, he caught the pellet, setting the record for insects.

Staying power

Insects were inhabiting the earth for almost 170 million years before dinosaurs ruled. The oldest partial insect fossil, a set of jaws, dates back over 400 million years making them one of the first creatures to transition from sea to land.

Bee Flight

Honeybees can fly up to 15 miles per hour and visit around 50 to 100 flowers during a single collection trip.

Ant Strength

Ants can carry objects up to 50 times their body weight. If a human could do this, they would be able to lift a car.

Dragonflies Have Incredible Vision

Dragonflies have nearly 360-degree vision thanks to their compound eyes, which contain up to 30,000 individual lenses. This allows them to detect movement and navigate with precision.

Praying Mantises Have a Unique Hunting Method

Praying mantises are known for their distinctive posture and predatory skills. They can turn their heads 180 degrees to scan their surroundings and catch prey with lightning-fast reflexes .

Fleas Are Incredible Jumpers

Fleas can jump up to 200 times their own body length. This is equivalent to a human jumping the length of a football field.

Some Termites Can Explode

Certain species of termites have soldiers that can deliberately rupture themselves to release toxic chemicals as a defense mechanism against predators. Amazing but true!

Fireflies Produce Light Through Bioluminescence

Fireflies, or lightning bugs, produce light through a chemical reaction in their lower abdomen. This process, called bioluminescence, is used to attract mates and communicate with other fireflies.

They are everywhere

Insects inhabit every single continent on earth including Antarctica. A tiny fly is the only true insect species that inhabit it. It has adapted its body to be able to withstand freezing temperatures.

These amazing but true facts highlight the remarkable adaptations and behaviors of bugs, showcasing the diversity and complexity of these small yet incredible creatures. For more in-depth information on each fact, you can visit reputable sources such as scientific journals, entomology websites, and educational platforms.

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