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10 Weird Things About Bugs

17 Feb

Running this blog has been a learning experience for me.  (Graduate school, too.  Who’da’thunk?)  Whenever I take a new picture and want to share it I first have to figure out something to say about it.  So I dive into web searches and the literature and talk to people and in the process I get to find out more about how bizarre and wonderful nature can get.  I thought I’d take a moment and highlight some of the weird (and awesome!) bug things I have learned in the past two years.  So, in the style of Bill Nye:

Did you know…?

There is a family of grasshoppers that disguise themselves as sticks.

Tent caterpillars cooperate and lay down foraging trails like ants.

Argentina is home to hordes of  large gregarious spiders.

Earwig moms sometimes feed themselves to their babies.

Mantisflies pupate in spider egg sacks?

Sexually dimorphic yellow and black garden spiders on a web in Texas.

Male garden spiders play love songs for their mates.

There’s a reason “ladybug” is one word and “lady beetle” is two.

Exotic dung beetles were introduced to Australia because nothing there would eat cow poop.

Two tortoise beetle larvae with dimorphic coloration.

Tortoise beetle larvae often make elaborate shields out of poop.

Fire ants can virtually halt decomposition of bodies by picking off the maggots.

Now you know.