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60 Amazing and Unknown Facts about Insects | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. Insects are without backbone and have three body parts. In contrast Spiders have 2 body parts.
  2. Amazingly 80% of animals on earth are insects. Scientists discover as many as 10,000 new species of insects every year.
  3. Amazing fact is there are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are humans on the entire earth.
  4. Like humans Insects shiver when they’re cold.
  5. Amazingly when the temperature drops, the eyesight reaction time of insects decrease and that’s why they can be caught early in the morning or at night by predators like birds whose eyesight reaction times are unaffected by temperature.
  6. Amazing fact is insect wings shred bacteria to pieces! When bacterium lands on the wing surface, the membrane that surrounds the one-celled microorganism sticks to the surface of the nano-sized pillars, whereupon it begins to stretch into the crevices between them. Here, the bacterium’s membrane is under a lot of strain, and if it is soft enough, it will tear. In other words; their wings shred bacterium to pieces.
  7. The strange and amazing thing with insects and crustaceans is that they have no capacity to feel pain at all!
  8. Fact is radiation is measured in “rads”. A human will die at exposure to 1,000 rads and a cockroach would die at 20,000 . But a fruit fly would live until 64,000 rads and a wasp until 180,000.
  9. Scorpions can withstand 200 times more nuclear radiation than humans can.
  10. Amazingly venom of a small scorpion is much more toxic than that of the large scorpion.
  11. Fact is it is possible for a scorpion to sting itself to death as they are not immune to their own poison!
  12. Amazing fact is that if you put a drop of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
  13. Amazingly scorpions are fluorescent under a black light!
  14. It’s amazing that scorpions can hold their breath up to 6 days.
  15. Flies are deaf.
  16. Amazing fact is a fly can react to something it sees and change direction in 30 milliseconds.
  17. Amazingly if two flies were left to reproduce without predators or other limitations for one year, the resulting mass of flies would be the size of the Earth.
  18. Fact is a fly always jumps backwards for a quick getaway when you try to hit it.
  19. In nine months, a housefly could lay enough eggs to produce a layer of flies that would cover all of Germany to a depth of 14 mtr/47 feet).
  20. Amazing fact is the African cicada fly sleeps for 17 years; it stays awake for two weeks and then dies.
  21. Amazingly only male fireflies can fly.
  22. Amazing fact is fleas can jump up to 300 times their height. This is equivalent to a man jumping the Empire State Building in New York.
  23. When a flea jumps , the rate of acceleration is amazingly 20 times that of the space shuttle during launch.
  24. Fleas have killed more people (due to Bubonic plague) than all wars throughout history combined.
  25. Fleas are essential to the health of armadillos and hedgehogs; they provide necessary stimulation of the skin. Deloused armadillos and hedgehogs will die.
  26. Amazingly a flea can jump 30,000 times without stopping.
  27. A male emperor moth can smell a female emperor moth up to 7 miles away.
  28. Moths have no stomach.
  29. It’s amazing that locusts have leg muscles that are about 1000 times more powerful than an equal weight of human muscle.
  30. A large swarm of locusts can eat 80,000 tons of corn a day.
  31. An amazing swarm of Rocky Mountain locusts flew over Nebraska on July 20-30, 1874 covering an area estimated at 198,600 square miles. The swarm must have contained at least 12.5 trillion insects, weighing about 27.5 million tons.
  32. A grasshopper needs a minimum temperature of 62 degrees Fahrenheit in order to be able to hop.
  33. Grasshoppers have white blood.
  34. Amazingly the only insect that can turn its head 360 degrees is the praying mantis.
  35. The male of one species of insect related to the praying mantis can only reproduce after the female has bitten off his head.
  36. It’s amazing that crickets hear from their knees, and they chirp from their wings.
  37. The average garden variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.
  38. The caterpillar has more than 2,000 muscles.
  39. Monarch caterpillars shed their skin four times before they become a chrysalis, growing amazing 2700 times their original size.
  40. Caterpillars have more than twice as many muscles as humans do. Caterpillars use all of their muscles in amazing way to move. They contract their body muscles, forcing their internal organs forward. When caterpillars move forward, their guts move first, and then their bodies follow.
  41. Amazingly centipede has odd number of leg pairs. Usually the number varies from 15 to 191 pairs. No one knows why.
  42. A leech has 32 brains.
  43. Amazing fact is there are more beetles than any other kind of creature in the world.
  44. Amazingly the strongest animal is the Hercules Beetle. It can carry up to 850 times its own body weight.
  45. Amazing phenomenon is that Cymothoa exigua, the tongue-eating louse crawl in through the gills of the fish , attach to the host’s tongue, and begin feeding on the tongue’s blood until it atrophies and dies. Then it remains attached to where the tongue used to be, acting as a tongue! The host fish will actually use the louse as its tongue, not even knowing the difference.
  46. Amazingly a group as small as 30 Japanese Giant Hornets can kill 30,000 honey bees!
  47. Fact is antarctica has only just one native insect. It’s called Belgica antarctica and it can’t fly. It is only 2-6 millimeters long.
  48. Relative to their body size, the barnacle , a type of arthropod that is related to crabs and lobsters has the largest male organ of any animal about 40 times the body length!
  49. Amazingly male lobsters have bladders on their head and squirt urine at their predators.
  50. There is a species of tiny spider-like 8 legged creatures that live inside the lungs of bees infesting upto 2 weeks ! The “honey bee tracheal mite” is an internal parasite of honey bee. More than a hundred mites can populate the tracheae and thus weaken the bee.
  51. Amazing fact is that a crustacean and not a true shrimp, called the Mantis Shrimp about 12 Inches in length can attack faster than a speeding bullet! It creates an acceleration of 10,400 g  and speeds of 23 mtr/sec.  from a standing start. It took a long time for anyone to be able to video their attack slow enough for it to be seen. The claws are swung so fast that it boils the water around it and creates a flash of light.
  52. After spending 17 years underground, 2013 is the year the Cicada bug is expected to emerge by the billions on the east coast of the United States. Some estimate trillions will arrive.
  53. Wasps can control the sex of their offspring!
  54. Amazing fact is caterpillars literally melt down into a sac of fluid cells, which are used to create the entire body from scratch, forming a butterfly! In general it takes about two weeks.
  55. Amazingly lobster may be considered biologically immortal . It never ages and never die unless killed.
  56. The world’s smallest winged insect, the Tanzanian parasitic wasp is amazingly smaller than the eye of a housefly.
  57. A lobsters blood is colorless but when exposed to oxygen it turns blue.
  58. A single cocoon can produce 1,000 ft silk and to make a silk-made tie 100 cocoons are used.
  59. The Bombardier beetle shoots boiling liquid as a defense mechanism.When threatened it shoots boiling hot chemicals from its abdomen up to 70 times rapidly. The liquid is a combination of hydrogen peroxide and hydroquinones which join together inside the beetle causing a chemical reaction. The liquid is fatal to small insects and creatures.
  60. Amazingly frozen lobsters can come back to life when thawed.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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