35 Insect Facts to Creep You Out and Delight You

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Butterflies remember their days as a caterpillar. Despite going into a completely liquified state during metamorphosis, the neurons for their brain stay arranged as such to allow for the memories to stay intact.

2. A single ant can live up to the age of 29.

3. Mosquito are actually very weak fliers, reaching only a speed of 1 mph. The American Mosquito Control Association says just a fan can keep them away.

4. A species of tiger moth named Bertholdia trigona effectively jams bats' echolocation by producing up to 4,500 clicks per second. This jamming is the most effective prey defense against bats ever documented, reducing their success rate tenfold.

5. Dragonflies are one of the most efficient killers in nature, capturing their prey more than 95% of the time.

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6Male bed bugs

Male bed bugs

Male bed bugs inject their sperm into the female (and male) by puncturing the body wall as the female has no natural opening for reception of his sperm.

7. Tarantula hawk wasp’s sting is so painful (yet non-deadly) that experienced professionals will suggest you to just lie down and scream if stung because most people lose verbal and physical coordination afterward.

8. There is a species of ant (Solenopsis daguerrei) that will infiltrate a fire ant colony, kill the queen, then take her place. The workers raise the impostor's children, which then fly off to infest more colonies. These ants are being considered for viable biological deterrent to control the spread of fire ants.

9. Charcoal beetles fly into still-burning forest fires to mate and lay eggs because competition and predators will be low. They sense distant fires using infrared armpit sensors.

10. Africanized bee, which are also known as killer bees, are breed hybrids that accidentally escaped lab quarantine and since have spread throughout the Americas.

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11Turtle tears

Turtle tears

In the Amazon, the butterflies will drink the tears of turtles to provide necessary sodium in their diet.

12. Ants cannot be seriously injured from impact with the ground after being dropped from any height, because they don't have enough mass.

13. Mosquitoes can survive being hit by a raindrop, even though a drop of water is 50 times their body weight. It is similar to a human being hit by a bus. This is the “highest ever recorded acceleration that animals have survived.”

14. When a species of fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) was kept in complete darkness for 57 years (1400 generations), they started showing genetic alterations that occur as a result of environmental conditions.

15. A bug found Malaysia which is aptly named Assassin bug wears its victim’s bodies as armor.

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16Pregnant aphid

Pregnant aphid

The developing daughter of a pregnant aphid will already be pregnant with another daughter inside her. This is termed telescoping generations.

17. A study showed male crickets fought more violently, and upon winning, were more jubilant (like a touchdown dance) when other crickets were in the audience.

18. The Sahara desert ant is able to form a direct route back to its nest after foraging by adding and subtracting the vectors of its path in its head, thereby creating a short and distinct return path.

19. Instead of venom, the Braconid wasp produces an immune-suppressing virus which paves the way for its parasitic larvae. This adaptation is the result of a 100-million-year-old virus which altered the wasp's DNA leading to the formation of an organ whose sole purpose is to assemble the virus.

20. A queen bee will continue to mate until she has collected more than 70 million sperms from multiple males.

21Maculinea rebeli

Maculinea rebeli

Maculinea rebeli is a species of parasitic butterfly whose larvae can mimic ant larvae (so that worker ants will feed them) and queen ants (to get extra attention). Researchers once observed that when these fake larvae were attacked by the queen ants, ant workers saved the butterflies and attacked their queens.

22. Ants do not have traffic jams because they don't have egos, don't mind collisions, and are very disciplined in crowded pathways.

23. There is a good mosquito named Toxorhyncite a.k.a Elephant mosquito. Toxorhynchite larvae eat the larvae of other mosquitos and when they grow up they eat fruit, not human blood.

24. Crickets have twice the amount of protein ounce for ounce than beef, and three times the amount of iron.

25. Praying mantises rarely eat their mates in the wild. It primarily happens in captivity under stressful conditions.

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