Incredible Facts About Insects

Japanese honeybees defend themselves against wasps by swarming them and "baking" them by vibrating their wings to 47°C, one degree above the wasp’s maximum survivable temperature.

Ants herd and domesticate aphids to 'milk' them for honeydew nectar. They will move them to sweeter plants, and protect them from ladybugs.

Ants conduct war in ways similar to humans, they even use more advanced strategies like reconnaissance and sending expendable ants to the front line to preserve the stronger ones.

The sperm of a male fire ant is capable of eliminating female DNA from an ovum, which essentially results in the birth of a clone of the male.

Some female fireflies mimic the flashes of females of other species to lure in male fireflies to eat them. They are called "femme fatale fireflies."

Bumblebees can fly higher than Mount Everest.

Many scientists agree that complete eradication of mosquitoes would not have any serious ecological consequences.

A prehistoric giant ant named Titanomyrma about the size of a hummingbird was discovered in Wyoming in 2011.

Antarctica's largest native land animal is a 2mm-long insect called Belgica antarctica. It is the only insect that lives on the continent.

A Bumblebee will perform warm-up exercises in the winter before taking flight.

Ampulex dementor is a species of wasp that is named after the Dementors in Harry Potter series. This name was chosen to reflect the fact that the wasp uses a toxin to neutralize the neural behavior of cockroaches and makes them docile as if their souls had been sucked out.

A group of German scientists studying a wild tobacco plant noticed that when the plant was being eaten by caterpillars, the plant released a chemical distress call that attracted predatory bugs who then proceeded to eat the caterpillars.

A species of wasp named Ichneumonidae laid it's young in a live host, made Charles Darwin lose faith in a "benevolent God."

The Cuckoo bumblebee has lost the ability to collect pollen and to rear their brood. Once a female has infiltrated a host colony, she will kill/subdue the queen of that colony and forcibly "enslave" the workers of that colony to feed her and her developing young.

Ants were the first non-human meat farmers. An African breed of ants raises other bugs for food.

Triatomine bugs a.k.a kissing bugs attack humans when they are asleep at night as they tend to feed on people’s faces. After they bite and ingest blood, they defecate on the person to pass parasites that cause the Chagas disease.

There is a species of moth (Mabra elephantophila) that feeds on elephant tears. If the animal is not producing tears, the moth will irritate the eye, causing tears to be produced.

Uraba lugens is a caterpillar that sheds its exoskeleton so that it has room to grow, but it keeps the skin it sheds on its head stacked on top of each other similar to stacked hats. It is aptly nicknamed the Mad Hatterpillar.

Cockroaches' exoskeletons allow them to withstand weights up to 900 times their body weight.

Female hangingflies demand a food gift before a male can mate with her. The bigger the gift, the longer it takes for her to eat it, and thus the longer she'll allow the male to mate with her.

Praying mantises only have one ear. They are the only species of animals known to have only one ear.

Caterpillars dissolve and "die" inside the chrysalis, so that the resultant butterfly could be called a “new” organism. Scientists even think they evolved from two different ancestors.

Mayflies/Fishflies/Shadflies have been chosen as bio-indicators, markers of water quality in ecological assessments due to the fact that their larvae cannot survive in polluted aquatic habitats.

Stick insects are actually called Phasmids and the largest species can grow to be 22.3 inches (567mm) long.

Wasps are extremely valuable in horticulture since they prey upon almost every pest insect and are used as a natural form of pest control.

World's rarest insect is 15cm-long “tree lobster” that lives on 1,844 feet high spindle of rock in the middle of Pacific. It was considered extinct until 2001.

Cicadas are the only known creature that can kill bacteria on contact via nothing more than its physical surface structure. They have nanoscale sized pillars on their wings that trap and slowly kill bacteria by pulling their cells apart.

Army ants were used as the first dissolving surgical sutures in India in 3000 B.C. and they still are utilized for this very purpose by Maasai people.

Mosquitoes pee on you. As a mosquito sucks blood, it needs to get rid of the excess fluid.

There are 1.4 billion insects for every human on Earth. If all the humans in the world got on one scale, and all the bugs in the world got on another scale, the bugs would weigh more.

Scientists have released millions of genetically modified mosquitoes on the island of Grand Cayman in an effort to combat dengue fever, resulting in an 80% decrease in mosquito numbers.

Fireflies are the most efficient producers of light in the world, even when compared to modern light bulbs.

Moths make up a large portion of Yellowstone bears' diets, and they can eat up to 20,000 calories worth of moths in a day.

The alpha female ant of the Dinoponera quadriceps species punishes any pretender by marking her for punishment by chemicals, then let the others immobilize and bite the criminal for 4 days. She is eventually released but loses her high rank.

The most dangerous ant in the world is the bulldog ant, which can literally kill humans with its stings within 15 minutes.

Female thrip egg mites are born mature and pregnant, having mated with their brother and eating their mother from the inside out. They die 4 days later when their own children eat them alive.

Some ants were able to recognize themselves in the mirror, displaying self-cleaning behavior after seeing themselves with a dot painted on their head and failed to do so when the dot was not visible.

Male carpenter bees will attempt to scare humans away by hovering and buzzing near their faces.

Bumblebees were originally called humblebees until about the mid 20th Century.

There is something called an antlion, which designs an ingenious trap to flawlessly and unfailingly catch ants.

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