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.

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3 Responses to “10 Weird Things About Bugs”

  1. Santa Fe Springs pest control February 17, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    A group of stick-like grasshoppers known as the Proscopiidae are widely distributed in Central and South America. They are flightless, mostly wingless (although some genera are equipped with rudimentary wings) and are ecological generalists (in that they feed on several different plant families). Although there are many species, their taxonomy is largely based on the details of unusual male genitalia. Their relationship to other grasshopper superfamilies has not been studied systematically.

    • 6legs2many February 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

      Thanks for the correction. Said genus, meant family. I was lucky enough to see them in Argentina.

  2. jasonalonzo February 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Interesting blog post, thanks for sharing, additionally, roaches can live for a few hours or days without heads or survive large radiation doses.

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