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Interesting Bug Facts...creepy but true!

Updated on July 12, 2014
EWWWWW!!! Creepy Cockroach!
EWWWWW!!! Creepy Cockroach!
Beautiful Butterfly
Beautiful Butterfly | Source

Butterflies taste with thier feet!

Butterflies taste with their feet. They do not taste for themselves however. Most butterflies can’t eat as they don’t have regular insect mouths or teeth, instead they have a long tube like a straw that they suck up the nectar with. They use their feet to taste leaves to see if it is a suitable for their progeny, caterpillars, to eat. If they deem it suitable for their babies, they will lay their eggs there.

Common House Fly
Common House Fly | Source

Houseflies On Your Food

Houseflies also taste with their feet and the taste organs on their feet are 10 million times more sensitive to sugar than the human tongue. They don’t have teeth so their mouths suck up food much like a sponge. If a particular food isn’t liquid enough they spit or vomit on it, which liquidizes it, and they drink it up. Their favourite food is animal waste so they carry lots of germs. For this reason and the spitting thing, it is a good idea to do your best to keep them away from your food.

Honeybees shouldn't be able to fly!

Honeybees are hard workers;they can fly up to sixty miles a day when foraging for food. They make ten to fifteen trips a day and visit up to one hundred flowers per trip.They must fly over fifty five thousand miles to make one pound of honey. Africanized honeybees, also known as Killer Bees, will chase an enemy over one quarter of a mile. Modern science says it is aerodynamically impossible for honeybees to fly. Well, if the scientists say that, they better show some respect and darn well stop flying!

Misquito biting can spread deadly disease
Misquito biting can spread deadly disease | Source

Mosquitoes spread deadly diseases!

Mosquitoes kill about two million people a year. They have killed more people than all of our wars put together. They carry deadly diseases like Malaria, Dengue Fever, Dog Heartworm and West Nile Virus. But it is only the females who are the blood suckers as they need a meal of blood to lay fertile eggs. The male’s main source of food is nectar and decomposing plant material.

Wasps like to drink!
Wasps like to drink! | Source

Wasps like a drink!

Wasps are not bees. They do not produce honey and they make their nests out of wood and mud. Unlike bees, wasps do not die when they sting and can sting multiple times. When a wasp stings, its venom gives off a certain pheromone that causes other wasps to become more aggressive. Wasps have been known to get drunk off of fermenting fruit. Doesn’t that sound like fun; drunken aggressive bees egging each other on.

A cockroaches body and head can live for a while without each other.
A cockroaches body and head can live for a while without each other. | Source

What will cockroaches eat? Almost anything!

One female cockroach can produce up to two million offspring a year. One of their favourite foods is the glue on the back of envelopes and stamps, but they will eat almost anything including leather, wallpaper, books, hair, their own droppings and each other. A fairly new type of poison is taking advantage of this. The cockroach ingests the poison, dies, his buddies eat him and they in turn die. Here is an odd fact about cockroaches: a cockroach can live and respond for up to two weeks after being decapitated. The reason for this is they breathe through little holes in each segment of their body. They don’t have the high blood pressure or huge network of blood vessels a human does so they don’t bleed to death. Also their nervous system is not centralized. The lonely head can survive for several hours too.

Grasshoppers can turn into distructive locusts
Grasshoppers can turn into distructive locusts | Source

Grasshoppers turn into locusts!

Most of us remember trying to catch grasshoppers as children, but these usually harmless creatures can have a very dark side. When conditions become crowded, and food becomes scarce they can turn into locusts. They change physically too, their usual green color becoming dark brown and they develop large muscles. In laboratory conditions, this Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde change can happen in as little as two hours. They become so different from grasshoppers that up until 1921 they were thought to be different species. But, it is their behaviour change which is so devastating. Usually solitary creatures, they begin to swarm.

The swarms can cover many square kilometres; the largest ever recorded was in Kenya, and it covered 200 square kilometres. It is estimated that, that paticular swarm had 10 billion individuals. As they eat the equivalent in their own weight each day, the resulting devastation to crops is nothing short of disastrous. These swarms have even brought on famines that have lasted for years. It is estimated that their destruction affects the livelihood of one in ten people on the planet.

There is some good news though. There are only ten species of grasshoppers which undergo this change, most notably, the Desert Locust. And recent research has discovered a brain chemical called serotonin is responsible for causing this change. With this discovery, researches are looking for a way to control the chemical change, and, therefore, avoid the swarms altogether.

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Oh thank you for pointing that our DDE, I hate when spelling errors get by me! Bugs sure are weird creatures for sure!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Sheri Butterfly taste with thier feet has a spelling error please check. An interesting lot of facts here about the creepy crawlies.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Yeah kids love bugs...I do too...so interesting. Thanks for commenting.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Sheri, my 4 1/2 year old will love hearing about these facts, even though his mom hates bugs! I hate houseflies the most, so hearing these facts makes me hate them more. LOL. I do like butterflies though. Great hub, voted up!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks kidscrafts. How cool to see a butterfly emerge in real life!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      A lot of interesting facts about different insects! Thank you for sharing!

      My favorite insect is the butterfly; the cycle of the butterfly is just fascinating! When I was a teacher, I had a student who brought a container with two chrysalises and she told me that one of them would give a butterfly during the day... and sure enough, around noon, a butterfly started to come out so we stopped everything and the whole class was watching it happened... I think I would never had been able to teach that lesson better myself! What a privilege to have been able to see it live!

      About flies.... I have a cat that loves them. If one enters my home, he is running and jumping and finally eating it :-) I hope he will never be sick with all the germs they carry!

      Great choice of pictures!

      Voted up, beautiful and interesting!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thank you eurozulu. Bugs can be strange for sure.

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      bradley brown 4 years ago from Harrow Middlesex

      Very interesting hub Sheri, and i have learnt something as well never realised butterfly's tasted with their feet, what nasty little creatures cockroacher are.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks Emma. I hope your son enjoys it!

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Interesting hub about bugs. My son would love to read this! Up and interesting :)

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Ha! That is funny Jeff. Thanks for reading this.

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      Jeff Gamble 4 years ago from Denton, Texas

      Neat facts Sheri. Now I know why the wasps keep making nests above the poolside bar!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks xstatic. Well, that is interesting about honey bees and caffine. I guess they get a caffine buzz.....oh...grooooaaaan!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Well, that was interesting and informative as well! I had no idea that grasshoppers could become locusts. Spent a lot of Summers in hot west Texas, and there were plenty of both.

      I heard an intresting thing about honey bees and caffeine the other day, how it helps them work harder and improves memory about where to find the best stuff. They get the caffeine from certain nectars. (NPR)

      Up, awesome, interesting!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks Mrs. My sons are telling me I might become the queen of trivia!

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Another really interesting topic with great info, bright photos and organize layout! :-)

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      You're right DIYmommy.....you never see chubby bees! Thanks for reading this.

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      Julie 4 years ago

      Wow....if Americans would adopt the work ethic and determination of the honeybee (traveling over 15,000 miles just to make a single pound of honey), we likely wouldn't be facing many of the problems we are right now. And, to top it off, obesity wouldn't even be a passing thought.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Sheri,

      Indeed I have heard about it LOL, but according to the recent research roach survive may not be true. They are extremely hardy but not infallible.

      Cher can survive though.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Yes Jamie, I agree with you. Thanks for reading!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Bugs are icky and amazing at the same time. WOW! Great hub :0)

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thank you Suhail. Have you heard the joke that if there was a nuclear holocaust only roaches and Cher would survive? lol

      Susan thank you for reading this. I had fun researching this hub.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This makes sense now that a fly tastes with its feet as when you watch a fly you can see its legs moving quite a bit.

      Interesting hub.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Sheri,

      I am a wildlife lover, but haven't read anything on bugs with so much fervour until now. This hub is very well done. it is both informative and humorous.

      That butterflies taste with their legs could be the reason why they alight on flowers, unlike moths that hover under drooping ones.

      And roaches are said to be the only living thing resistant to nuclear holocaust.

      I enjoyed every bit of this hub.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks wetnosedogs. I have never seen a real cockroach but have met some crouchy drunk wasps! Thanks for reading.

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Very interesting. Cockroaches - ugh! Now that's a creepy thing.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks Tillsontian. I am facinated by the little creepy crawlies. Thanks for reading!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I'm not normally a bug person but I have to say you wrote this with just enough humor to keep me reading ;) I mean really, think about those disrespectful honeybees! Seriously, I love the way you put this together and your pictures are great.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks for dropping by and reading Lori. Creeeeeepy is right!

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      Lori 4 years ago

      This was very interesting with some great facts. Who knew that Butterflies and Houseflies taste with their feet! Also enjoyed the Swarming Locusts video.......creeeeeeeepy!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      I know...it kind of bugs me...lol. Thanks for reading Wendy Jean

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      Wendy Jean 4 years ago

      Interesting article Sheri Faye - lots of things I didn't know about bugs especially how many people mosquitoes kill each year. Yikes!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thank you Rajan. I love anything science, but believe we need to keep an open mind; after all science once reassured us that the world was flat! Thank you for reading, I appreciate your support.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      These are amazing facts, Sheri! Science has to learn a lot about aerodynamism from honey bees.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Thanks Paul Henry 17!

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      Paul Henry 4 years ago

      very interesting, well written article!!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Yes, the grasshopper locust thing is kind of creepy...maybe like seeing the mild mannered Bill turn into the nasty green hulk! Thanks for reading!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Wow, that was fascinating. I was most surprised by grasshoppers turning into locusts. Wow. I also like that you sprinkled humor in your article!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      ooo...lucky Monarchs !Creepy crawlers facinate me! I did know that about Monarchs. Did you know that they, obviously, don't use camouflage, but are more, look at me!, because they taste just terrible and once a bird has tried on it swears off of them for good!Thank you for reading this, I do appreciate your support. This writing is a gas!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cool facts, Sheri! I love the Monarch butterflies. Do you know that they migrate something like 2000 miles each year. They fly, they die, new ones are born and each one of them knows the migratory path by instinct....I find that amazing. They are heading north from Mexico right now.