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Insects and Bugs

  • 2006-11-03: In South Africa, termites are often roasted and eaten by the handful, like pretzels or popcorn.
  • 2006-10-04: A mayfly has a life span of 24 hours.
  • 2006-09-13: Mosquito repellents don't repel. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors, so you are effectively hidden from them.
  • 2006-07-17: If placed under a blacklight, most scorpions will glow.
  • 2006-05-25: A snail can sleep for three years.
  • 2006-05-24: A dragonfly's life span is anywhere from 6 months to 7 years, and they live anywhere from several days to 4 months as adults.
  • 2006-03-09: A bite from a tarantula will not kill humans unless they are allergic to the venom. The effects are similar to a bee sting.
  • 2006-03-09: A tarantula can be killed if it is dropped from even a small distance because it has a fragile abdomen.
  • 2006-03-09: There are about 800 species of tarantulas.
  • 2006-03-09: A male tarantula will live about 2 to 3 years.
    A female tarantula will live about 20 years.
  • 2006-02-10: Worker bees are female.
  • 2006-01-30: Insects destroy $2.5 billion worth of property each year.
  • 2006-01-11: There are more beetles on the planet than any other order of organism. The 350,000 various beetles make up about one-fourth of all known species, both plant and animal.
  • 2005-10-05: Honey doesn't spoil. In fact, Archaeologists discovering the tombs of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs have found honey, tasted it, and found it to be still edible.
  • 2005-04-08: A flea can jump 350 times its body length. That's like a human (measured front to back) jumping the length of a football field.
  • 2005-03-22: If you place a tiny amount of alcohol on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
  • 2004-12-10: While humans have 639 muscles, caterpillars have over 4,000.
  • 2004-12-02: Certain fireflies emit a light so penetrating that it can pass through flesh and wood.
  • 2004-10-19: The venom of the black widow spider is called "latrotoxin." This toxin results in the massive release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from neuromuscular junctions of its victims and may cause muscle spasms, pain, increased blood pressure, nausea, and vomiting.
  • 2004-10-07: Bees and butterflies can see ultraviolet light.
  • 2004-10-04: A butterfly tastes with its feet. Ones with a proboscis use it as well.
  • 2004-08-27: There are approximately 3,000 species of mosquitos worldwide. The U.S. is home to about 300 of them.
  • 2004-07-28: Honeybees use the sun as a compass.
  • 2004-05-13: Crickets hear through their knees.
  • 2004-04-13: A drone bee dies when he mates with the queen. Essentially, his genitals explode in order to impregnate her.
  • 2004-03-24: Cockroaches can live for up to a month with their heads cut off. They do not have the same degree of blood pressure that mammals have. Therefore, cutting off their heads would not cause them to die from bleeding. Nor do cockroaches need their heads to breathe; they require them to eat, see, and navigate. After a few weeks of being headless, however, most cockroaches would end up dying of either dehydration or starvation.
  • 2004-03-22: Honeybees are the only insects that create a form of food for humans.
  • 2004-03-03: The original name for a butterfly was a flutterby.
  • 2004-02-03: There are about 800,000 types of insects on Earth.
  • 2004-01-22: Mosquitos have 47 teeth.
  • 2004-01-20: Termites eat through wood twice as fast when listening to rock music.
  • 2004-01-16: There are 1 million ants for every person in the world.
  • 2004-01-16: An ant's sense of smell is stronger than a dog's.
  • 2004-01-12: The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10:1.
  • 2003-12-30: The average speed of a house fly is 4.5 miles per hour.
  • 2003-12-10: All snails are hermaphroditic -- they are both male and female. Snails have a mating "dance" where they fertilize each other, so both snails lay eggs.
  • 2003-12-09: Slugs have 4 noses.
  • 2003-12-09: A snail breathes through its foot.
  • 2003-12-08: A honey bee can fly at 15 miles per hour.
  • 2003-12-08: A queen been can lay 800 - 1500 eggs per day.
  • 2003-12-08: A bee has 5 eyes. There are 2 large compound eyes and 3 simple eyes called ocelli.
  • 2003-10-30: An ant will always fall over on its right side when drunk.
  • 2003-10-30: An ant can lift 50 times its own weight.
  • 2003-10-30: An ant can drag 30 times its own weight.
  • 2003-10-16: Mosquitos prefer blonds to brunettes and children instead of adults.
  • 2003-10-16: Mosquitos are attracted to heat and carbon dioxide.
The "Oh Henry!" candy bar was named after an office worker that was the "gofer." People would ask him to do things, and he was almost always summoned by the phrase, "Oh Henry," as if one more errand was just a simple afterthought. Tyler Akins <>
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