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Interesting Facts about the Insects

  1. There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings on the entire earth.

  2. The tsetse fly is found only in Africa although there are twenty-two different specie of the tsetse fly.

  3. In the U.S. wasps kill more people than snakes, spiders and scorpions combined.

  4. Monarch butterflies feed on the poisonous sap of the milkweed plant-birds who then eat the butterflies get quite sick.

  5. The South American mydas fly is thought to be the largest fly in the world.

  6. There are more than 900,000 known species of insects in the world.

  7. Some insects like moths suck fluids to survive through a long feeding tube called a proboscis.

  8. Some butterflies use their front legs to clean their eyes instead of for walking.

  9. More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.

  10. Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon.

  11. A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.

  12. Each year, insects eat 1/3 of the Earth’s food crop.

  13. The color a head louse as an adult can depend on the color of the person's hair in which it is living.

  14. Worker bees leave the hive in order to collect nectar and pollen from flowers; they store it their rear legs and feed young bee grubs later.

  15. Dragonflies have as many as 30,000 lenses in each eye.

  16. A baby cockroach can run side by side with its parents.

  17. A tabanid fly, related to horse flies, has been clocked at 90 miles per hour.

  18. A cockroach can survive for a month without eating anything but will die within 9 days approximately without water.

  19. Only full-grown male crickets can chirp.

  20. The fastest runners are cockroaches, which can move almost a foot per second. However this only translates to a little over 1 mph.

  21. Mosquitoes dislike citronella because it irritates their feet.

  22. The queen of a termite colony may lay 6,000 to 7,000 eggs per day, and may live 15 to 50 years.

  23. There are grasshoppers that can draw blood with a kick.

  24. Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.

  25. A cockroach can live without its head for about 9 days. After that it dies of starvation.

  26. The total distance of the many trips honey bees travel to produce a pound of honey is about equal to twice the distance around the world.

  27. There are more than 200 million insects for each human on the planet.

  28. Beetles are the largest members of the insect family with more than 350,000 species known.

  29. Not all insects are bugs; a true “bug” has a sharp jointed feeding tube much like a syringe.

  30. The largest ants in the world can be found in Brazil; though, they only measure about 1 1/4 inches long.

  31. Scientists have documented more than 150,000 species of wasps, bees and ants.

  32. Many dragonflies live near rivers and ponds where they can easily hunt other insects like mosquitoes and small flies.

  33. Bee grubs live inside honeycombs that are comprised of six-sided cells made from wax.

  34. Crickets are good temperature reader as its chirps differ according to the weather. People know whether its hot or cold depending on the chirps crickets make.

  35. The Queen bee is the only bee that can lay eggs; there is only one bee in each hive.

  36. The average mosquito has 47 teeth - but it's the mosquito's sharp proboscis that'll make you itch.

  37. A drone is a male bee or ant. His only job in life is to mate with the queen.

  38. Chewing insects have mandibles, powerful jaws, that allow them to crush, cut and grind their food.

  39. Some types of insects undergo a metamorphosis where their body types drastically change such as the caterpillar becoming the butterfly.

  40. In 1990, about seventy percent of the population of Tanzania was infected with malaria-transmitted by mosquitoes.

  41. In Africa, army ants can cause the evacuation of an entire village.

  42. Tapeworms range in size from about 0.04 inch to more than 50 feet in length.

  43. Some worms will eat themselves if they can’t find any food!

  44. The proboscis, which looks like a really long, pointy nose, is the female mosquito's rather effective tool for sharing your blood supply.

  45. Blister beetles, sometimes call Spanish flies, are said to smell like mice.

  46. Fleas that can leap eight hundred times farther than their body length.

  47. Killer bees live in colonies with as many as 80,000 other bees; they are quick to get excited and attack in great swarms.

  48. Cockroaches are known to carry such diseases as polio, typhoid, gastroenteritis and hepatitis.

Facts About Spiders

  1. Did you know that those spiders with hair on them are mammals, and thus produce delicious (and unusually cold) milk. Spiders produce milk using the same glands that they produce silk threads with.

  2. Did you know that a single strand of spider web has more potential energy than the bomb dropped on Nagasaki? But because spiders do not naturally exist in areas of high fusion, there is little danger to the average person.

  3. Did you know that a spider egg contains as much DNA as four humans combined? And that's just one of the unborn spiders, the entire egg sac outnumbers the population of India

  4. Did you know that spiders cannot physically die of natural causes? If kept safe, a spider can continue to live and grow larger for a theoretically unlimited amount of time. In fact, in China there exists a collection of 'holy' spiders, hatched some 2,800 years ago during the height of the Mang-Tsun dynasty.

  5. A spider's carapace, if sufficiently scaled, could adequately shield a nuclear blast

  6. The most valuable spider is the Kenyan Applecrosser. These elegant spiders actually grow beautiful, near-flawless emeralds on their abdomens.

  7. There's actually an extremely rare spider in Eastern Africa, called the Snow Spider. Its body is completely white, but it spins a completely black web

  8. Spiders can sustain hundreds of atmospheres of pressure, and can work flawlessly in a vacuum. Scientists have discovered spiders working at both the bottom of the sea and in the ultra-thin atmosphere thirty miles above the Earth.

  9. That's easy - while spiders are usually known for their webs, they can also weave wind-sailing "parachutes" capable of taking them high above the world below. Furthermore, the so-called WindCurrent Spiders have actually evolved to live without a verticle base - they have lived for hundreds of millenia within the Earths ionosphere. The WindCurrent Spider is cannabilistic, it also retrieves many of its nutrients from sunlight, via a process not unsimilar to photosynthesis.

  10. The largest spider ever observed by scientists was over 8 feet long and weighed in at 530 pounds. It was actually immobile though, it's legs had been broken long ago by merely carrying its own weight

  11. The Orange Magma Spider can resist heat up to 5,300 degrees F. Ironically, they exist only at the southernmost tip of the South Pole's largest glacier.

  12. The average human autopsy procedure in Chicago, IL will reveal roughly 250 small spiders living at points throughout the endocrine and circulatory systems. In New York, NY the average is upwards of 800.

  13. In conventional psychology the most dangerous concept in dream understanding is the spider - it represents to the human subconscious the eleven stages of grieving (eight legs, torso, two antannae).

  14. Given sufficient motivation, the Harjack Spider can produce enough silk to suffocate the average human infant in a matter of minutes.

  15. Harvard Neurologists have discovered that an average spider's brain possesses a greater mental capacity than the world's most brilliant scientists. If their brains didn't lack a cognitive lobe, they'd be more intelligent than Einstein

  16. The Shoecase Spider of the Australian Southwest creates and inhabits tiny skyscrapers, made of wooden sticks held together by heavy silk threads. These constructions have been known to be up to fifty feet high in unpopulated areas.

  17. Did you know that spiders are almost all homosexual? Their species evolved to be that way as a form of population control. That's why there are so many male spiders and so few female. And that's also why the queen kills the male after mating with it, because she views him as a genetic anomaly

  18. Did you know that millipedes were eventually just strings of dozens of spiders? Evolution changed them into the single animals we know today.

  19. Did you know that one of the most amazing spiders is the enourmous Seawheel Spider? They evolved in the eighteen hundreds to perfectly emulate the spiked captains wheels on British sailing frigates.

  20. The United States government spends over four percent of its GDP on methods to eliminate spiders - that's more than the war on terror, the war on drugs and the national parks program combined!

  21. The cursive 'X' commonly used to represent a variable in basic algebra comes from the spider - it harkens back to ancient Greece, when mathamaticians would use dried spider husks to symbolize their complex equations.

  22. The word "Spider" comes from an acronym. Scientists investigating spiders in the 17th century would abbreviate "Sample -- Please Investigate Data; Exoskeleton Regular" on their insect containers.

  23. Not only is owning large spiders legal, in some places it's mandatory! In the Sandwhich Islands British zoologists issue spider kits to natives when they reach the age of sixteen. The spiders are necessary because they ward off a host of local bacterium that would otherwise be dangerous to humans. Anyone found to be without their spider can face stiff fines or jail time.

  24. In 2001 the space shuttle Atlantis (STS-98) carried a scientific package into orbit which included over 300 spiders. It was found that under microgravity conditions spiders created complex three dimensional silk tunnel networks rather than their traditional flat webs.

  25. The insect kingdom has come up with many unique methods for avoiding predators - from beetles disguised as sticks to cicadas living underground for seventeen years, the myriad of evolved adaptations is endless. Perhaps most startling is the so-called Chronospider. In an effort to avoid becoming lunch, the chronospider actually manages to exist outside time itself. A praying mantis or bird intending to eat the spider must therefore do so in every time period simultaneously.

  26. Spiders are famous for spinning "silk" webs... when, in fact, less than .2% of our eight legged friends do so! Depending on species, a spiders "spinerettes" can generate all sorts of fantastic materials. The ironically named Copperhead Spider actually spins webs made of solid steel. Some wonder if these inseccts could be used to repair airplanes or spacecraft - while in flight!

  27. Deep blue sea? Hardly - ever noticed that the color of the ocean varies significantly from place to place. It can be dark gray one moment and light blue the next. This is entirely due to the release of "spider blooms" at undersea locations. These blooms, which may release up to ten to the tenth power baby spiders a piece, send the insects rushing to the surface in order to take their first breath. Sadly, less than 5% of a spider litter survives the trip up from the murky depths.

  28. Spiders are known for preserving their prey alive in silky coccoons in order to enjoy a "fresh meal". The Viedant Spider takes this one step further - when it comes across a dead insect, it uses an unusual form of venom to inject new life into the unappetizing corpse. Scientists are studying the spider as a potential treatment for several forms of deadly cancer.

  29. The Bajillion Spider of South Africa is one of nature's most bizarre spiders. Each single spider is actually recursively composed of thousands of tiny spiders that together form a group consciousness and work together as one collective.

  30. Most household spiders come from the fact that most people don't properly wash their new clothing after purchase. 90% of clothing purchased at retail stores contain spider eggs laid during shipment.

  31. The first English language poem ever written was about spyders! Sir Thomas Alderidge wrote the following: Sylent, pryttie inseyct / deth escayps raintrodden.

  32. In the classic fairy tale, the "spider who sat down beside her" does not represent an actual spider at all, but is rather an allegory for the Soviet stranglehold over western Europe. At the same time, the term "Iron Curtain" was coined by Churchill not as a reference to the political situation but instead as an imaginative (if bleak) description of a wave of North Sea Fancy Spider's washing up near his beachfront home.

  33. The Black Widow spider's name derives from its penchant for killing husbands of mix-race marriages; to this day, they remain the only type of spiders ever specifically demonished for racism by both the United States Congress and the British House of Lords.