Fascinating Facts

Insects and Spiders

1. The Female Praying Mantis devours the male while they are mating. The male sometimes continues copulating even after the female has bitten off his head and parts of his upper torso.

2.  Ants keep slaves. Certain species, the so-called sanguinary ants in particular. raid the nests of other ant tribes, kill the queen, and kidnap many of the workers.  The workers are brought back to the captors hive, where they are coerced into performing menial tasks.

3. A Horse Fly only live two weeks.

4. Every night Wasps bite into the stem of a plant, lock their mandibles into position,  stretch out at right angles to the stem, and, with legs dangling and fall asleep.

5. After mating, the female Black Widow Spider turns on her partner nd devours him.  The female may dispatch as many as 25 suitors a day in this manner.

6.  The Caterpillar has more then 2,000 muscles.

7. Only female Bees work. Males remain in the hive and literally do nothing, their only mission in life being to fertilize the queen bee on her maiden flight.  For this purpose literally thousands of males are hatched, out of which only one or two mate with the queen.  After they have served their function, the males are not allowed back into the hive but are left outside, where they starve to death.

8. Spiders never spin a web in structures made of chestnut wood.  That is why so many European Chateaux were built with chestnut beams -- spiders webs on a 50-foot beamed ceiling can be hard to clean.

9.  The animal with the largest brain in proportion to its body size is the Ant.

10. The Honeybee kills more people each year world-wide then poisonous snakes.

11. Bee can see ultraviolet light.

12. Butterflies taste with their hind feet.

13. Only female Mosquitos bite.

14. A Flea can jump 200 times the length of it own body.  This is equivalent to a person jumping almost a quarter of a mile.

15. Mosquitos are attracted to the color blue twice as much as any other color.

16. It would take 27,000 Spiders, each spinning a single web, produce  a pound of web.

17. A Queen Bee may lay as many as 3,000 eggs in a single day.

18. A Cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off.

19. The Bumblebee does not die when it stings -- it can sting again and again.  In bumblebee hives, the entire colony, except for the queen, dies at the end of each summer.  Each year an entirely new colony of bees must be produced.

20. Many insects hear with their hair.  A number of insects, such as the male mosquitos, have thousands of tiny hairs growing along antennae.  When a sound in sent out, these hairs vibrate, and the vibration is sent to the insect's central nervous system, where it is translated into sound perceptions.  Thus, in a sense, the cockroach, whose sound receiving hairs are located on it abdomen,
"hears" with its belly.  The caterpillar, covered with hairs, "ears" over it entire body.