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Fun And Interesting Bug Facts

Nov 02, 2010

Scarab Beetle:

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  • There are over 30,000 known species of scarab beetles worldwide.
  • Scarab beetles can be found on every continent in the world except for Antarctica.
  • Some scarab beetles collect animal dung by rolling it into a ball with their hind legs. These beetles, called Dung Beetles use the dung for food as well as a nest for their larvae.
  • One species of scarab beetle was worshipped by the ancient Egyptians. Images of the beetle appear in hieroglyphs and sculpture.

Tarantula:

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  • In spite of their size, tarantulas have relatively weak venom
  • Tarantulas sense their prey by vibrations in the ground.
  • Most tarantulas live in underground burrows, but some live in logs, rocks, trees or even bananas!
  • Male tarantulas can live up to 10-12 years. Females can live twice as long!
  • Many people keep tarantulas as pets.
  • About 900 different species of tarantulas have been identified.
  • Tarantulas live in tropical, grassland or desert climates throughout the world.

Wolf Spider:

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  • Wolf spiders carry their egg sacs with them. When the egg sacs hatch, the young wolf spiders ride around on their mother’s abdomen.
  • Wolf spiders get their name from the way that they stalk their prey (like a wolf).
  • Some wolf spiders can walk on water thanks to small hairs in their legs that keep them above the water’s surface.
  • Wolf spiders can be found just about everywhere in the world except for arctic and Antarctic climates.
  • Some wolf spiders live in underground burrows with trap-doors to keep rainwater out.

Black Widow Spider:

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  • Male black widows are not venomous, only female black widows carry venom.
  • Black widows are cannibalistic, which means they will eat each other if no other food source is around.
  • The black widow spins the strongest web silk in the spider kingdom.
  • A black widow female can lay up to 3600 eggs per year.
  • Black widows are indigenous to North America, but other species of the widow family can be found worldwide

Earwig / Pinscher Bug:

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  • There are 1800 recorded species of earwigs. They can be found on every continent in the world except for Antarctica.
  • Earwigs got their name because of a myth that they will crawl into your ear and lay eggs in your brain if you are sleeping on the ground.
  • Earwigs are not poisonous, though they can deliver a painful pinch.
  • Paleontologists have discovered earwig fossils dating back over 200 million years old!
  • Earwigs are maternal. They watch over their eggs and young.

Horned Beetle / Rhino Beetle:

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  • The term “Rhino Beetle” refers to 300 different species of beetles!
  • The rhino beetle is the strongest animal in the world. It can lift up to 850 times its own weight!
  • Rhino beetles look ferocious with their large horn, but they are actually harmless. They do not have any teeth, stingers or venom.
  • Some species of rhino beetles are sold as pets in Japan.
  • Most rhino beetles live in South and Central America with a few species living as far north as the southern United States.

Bumblebee:

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  • There are 250 known species of bumblebees. They can be found throughout the northern hemisphere.
  • Most bumblebees are assumed to be yellow and black, but some bumblebees are red, orange, white, pink or entirely black.
  • Bumblebees can regulate their body temperature, which allows them to live in cold climates.
  • Bumblebees live in underground burrows, only laying 8-12 eggs at a time.
  • Male bumblebees have no stingers, but the females do!
  • An angry bumblebee will chase her victim over long distances and sting multiple times!

Cockroach:

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  • A cockroach can hold its breath up to 40 minutes.
  • There are over 4,000 different species of cockroach, of these only 20 are considered to be pests.
  • Cockroaches sometimes carry their eggs around with them.
  • Cockroaches can find food by following the scent trail of other cockroaches.
  • Cockroaches can live up to four years in captivity.
  • A cockroach’s favourite food is the glue on envelopes and book bindings.
  • The world’s largest species of cockroach is in South America. It can grow up to 6 inches long with a 1 foot wingspan!

Ladybug:

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  • Ladybugs are used by farmers and gardeners to keep pests off their crops.
  • Some people actually raise ladybugs to sell for pest control.
  • There are over 300 different species of ladybugs worldwide.
  • Ladybugs are actually beetles.
  • A typical ladybug can lay up to 1000 eggs in her lifetime.

Wasp:

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  • Wasps use paralyzed insects and spiders as food for their young, but wasps themselves feed on nectar.
  • Tarantula wasps actually paralyze tarantulas and lay eggs on their immobile bodies.
  • Wasps do not make honey like bees.
  • Some wasps make their nests from saliva and chewed plant matter, paper or mud.
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