Insects have existed on our planet for millions of years and are considered to be one of the highest populations of creatures on earth.
Interesting insect facts:
The oldest cockroach that has been found was a fossil dating back 280 million years, which means they existed eighty million years before any of the dinosaurs.
- It is believed that there are about 3,000 different kinds of insects, which is more than all of the plant and animal species on earth, combined. Insects make up 80% of the earth’s animals.
- Only about 1% of the insects on earth are actually harmful to people. A majority of the insects are actually beneficial and we need them to keep balance on the earth.
Bees are one of the most beneficial insects. They help pollinate plants and flowers that grow our food. There is currently a disease that is killing bees and it is believed to be caused by the insecticides produced by a few chemical companies.
- The honeybee has to fly around 43,000 miles to collect enough nectar to create 1 lb. of honey.
- The eyes of a honeybee has hair.
- Night butterflies have developed a defense against bats: they have their ears on their wings.
Many types of flying insects have developed coloration patterns that look like ‘eyes’ on their wings. This is to help avoid a body attack and instead allow a predator to go for the wings.
- The desert locust is the most destructive insect in the world. It can eat its own weight in food on a daily basis. When the desert locust creates a ‘swarm’ they can consume up to 20,000 tons of plants and grains each day.
- Mosquitoes are one type of insect that can carry disease that is fatal to humans. Only one female mosquito out of every 1,000 can carry a harmful disease.
- The praying mantis is the only insect that has the ability to turn its head.
Monarch butterflies must shed their skin four times before they have the ability to become a chrysalis. This means they have to grow over 2,700 times their original size.
- Crickets are known for their chirping, but it is only the males that can make the noise.
- Baby robins love to eat earthworms and can eat as much as fourteen feet of earthworms on a daily basis.
- Dragonflies can fly very fast: up to 50 mph
Some types of male spiders use their cobwebs like a musical instrument, plucking the strings as a way to attract a female spider.