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Cool Insect Facts

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Facts about Bees and Wasps

  • While gathering food, a bee may fly up to 60 miles in one day.

  • A single honeybee colony can produce around 220 lbs of honey each year

  • Honeybees have to make about ten million trips to collect enough nectar for production of one pound of honey.

  • Wasps feeding on fermenting juice have been known to get “drunk’ and pass out.

  • A bee’s wings beat 190 times a second, that’s 11,400 times a minute.

Facts About Flies

  • Houseflies find sugar with their feet, which are 10 million times more sensitive than human tongues.

  • Fruit flies were the first living creatures to be sent into space

  • Some male stoneflies do push-ups to attract a mate

Facts About Ants

  • Ants can lift and carry more than fifty times their own weight.

  • There are nearly as many species of ants as there are species of birds in the world.

  • Bulldog ants can leap seven times the length of their bodies!

  • Ant colonies can survive flood waters by clumping together to form an island

a single ant closed up

Facts About Caterpillars and Butterflies

  • Caterpillars have 12 eyes.

  • Mexican Jumping Beans, sometimes sold commercially, actually have a caterpillar of a bean moth inside.

  • Approximately 2,000 silkworm cocoons are needed to produce one pound of silk.

  • It takes about one hundred Monarch Butterflies to weigh an ounce.

  • Butterflies taste with their feet.

  • The red postman butterfly develops its own poison by eating toxic plants!


Facts About Termites and Beetles

  • A Termite Queen can lay 40,000 eggs per day.

  • Beetles account for 1/4 of all known species of plants and animals. There are more kinds of beetles than all plants

  • One dung beetle can drag 1,141 times its weight – that’s like a human pulling six double-decker buses!

Unique Facts About Insects

  • Each year, scientists discover more than seven thousand new insect species.

  • There are about 91,000 different kinds (species) of insects in the United States. In the world, some 1.5 million different kinds (species) have been named.

  • About one-third of all insect species are carnivorous, and most hunt for their food rather than eating decaying meat or dung.

  • The oldest known fossil of an insect dates back 400 million years and is a springtail.

  • Insects have been present for about 350 million years, and humans for only 300,000 years.

  • Grasshoppers existed before dinosaurs!

  • Dragonflies have been on earth for 300 million years!

dragon fly on a plant

Facts About Grasshoppers

  • Grasshoppers have special organs in their hind legs that store energy for jumping.

  • A grasshopper’s jump, assisted with its wings, can reach a speed of up to eight miles per hour

Facts About Mosquitos

  • Mosquitos are attracted to smelly feet

  • A mosquito flaps its wings 500 times a second

  • 1 out of 1000 female mosquitos carries a disease that could be fatal to humans

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