45 Amazing Insect Facts

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1. Only female mosquitoes bite and drink blood.
2. A large swarm of locusts can eat 80,000 tons of corn in a day.
3. The male gypsy moth can "smell" the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away!
4. Mosquitoes prefer children to adults, blondes to brunettes.
5. The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1!
6. Termites eat wood twice as fast when listening to heavy metal music.
7. The average housefly lives only two weeks.
8. The only food that cockroaches wont eat are Cucumbers!
9. Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue twice as much as any other color.
10. 80% of studied cultures eat insects.
11. There are some species of snails that are extremely venomous.
12. The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head.
13. Even a small amount of alcohol placed on a scorpion will make it go crazy and sting itself to death.
14. The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head 360 degrees.
15. Frogs sometimes eat enough fireflies that they themselves glow.
16. Skittles contain crushed insect cocoons to make them shine.
17. The common hoopoe is a bird that digs through animal poop to catch insects for food.
18. Anteaters prefer termites to ants.
19. A human body comprises of high sulfur content, which is enough to kill every insect on a puppy or dog.
20. Only male fireflies can fly.
21. Dragonflies have six legs but cannot walk!
22. The cicada, a fly found in Africa, spends 17 years of its life sleeping; and only two weeks is awake during which mates and then dies.
23. The principal use for nicotine other than for cigarettes is in insecticide
24. The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the males head off.
25. Insectivorous bats have sparkly poop.
26. There are over a million described species of insects. Some people estimate there are actually between 15 and 30 million species.
27. Ants don't sleep
28. There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings in the world.
29. The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head without moving the rest of its body.
30. Insecticides are not formulated to kill spiders and are often ineffective against them since spiders are not insects.
31. The average housefly weighs 10 to 15 millionths of a pound.
32. The katydid bug hears through holes in its hind legs!
33. The Giant South African Earthworm can grow up to 22 feet long and 1 inch in thick.
34. Dragonflies can travel up to 60 mph.
35. Biologically speaking 'bugs' are insects that suck.
36. Blowing a hair dryer onto an insect bite relieves the itch within seconds.
37. The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head!
38. Insects often like to taste the human before they bite.
39. The blast of air you feel when walking into a store is to prevent insects from flying in.
40. It is possible for a scorpion to sting itself to death as they are not immune to their own poison!
41. The blast of air you often feel when walking into a store is to prevent insects from flying in.
42. The Goliath beetle, at 4 ounces, is the heaviest insect.
43. The venom of a small scorpion is much more toxic than the venom of a large scorpion.
44. Many insects can carry 50 times their own body weight. This would be like an adult person lifting two heavy cars full of people.
45. Splenda was an insecticide that became a sweetener when a lab assistant misheard an instruction to "test it" as "taste it."

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