Fruit isn't always vegan. Many stores spray their fruit with shellac wax to preserve it, & shellac is derived from insects, making it non-vegan. independent.co.uk/life-st…
During the Cold War, the US Army experimented with using infected insects as a bioweapon, including releasing 300,000 mosquitos on the state of Georgia during Operation Big Buzz en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ent…
It is estimated that there are some 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) individual insects alive. That is a ratio of 200 million insects for every human. si.edu/spotlight/buginfo/…
On the French island of Ile de rΓ©, the donkeys wear trousers. Because the marshes were thick with mosquitoes and other bugs, locals sewed pants to keep insects off the donkeys legs. ripleys.com/weird-news/do…
Today I learned about the Dragon Lily, a plant that can actually heat itself up to make itself more comfortable for pollinating insects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Today I learned about the windshield phenomenon. People tend to find fewer insects smashed on the windscreens of their cars now compared to a decade or several decades ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
The largest animal native to Antarctica that is purely terrestrial is the Antarctic midge, at 2-6mm in size. It also has the smallest known insect genome. nature.com/articles/ncomm…
Anteaters Can Eat 35,000 Insects a Day without Being Bitten facts.net/nature/animals/…
Rolls Royce uses the leather of 15 to 18 Bulls per car, raised in cold climates to prevent marks from insect bites. Cows aren't used because they might have stretch marks from pregnancies. thehogring.com/2011/03/22…
The rarest insect in the world is the Lord Howe Island stick insect. It was believed to be extinct since 1920 until some were found again in 2001. In 2006 there were only about 50 of them, but only 2 years later their population increased to 700! nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The Gaet'ale Pond is the saltiest water body on Earth, at a salinity of 43%. Don't go swimming there because its temperature is roughly 50–55 Β°C (122–131 Β°F). Bird and insect corpses have been found around the lake, likely because of the odorless gas it emits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gae…
Although "sea spiders" are not true spiders, or even arachnids, their traditional classification as chelicerates would place them closer to true spiders than to other well-known arthropod groups, such as insects or crustaceans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Neotrogla, fly-like insects in Brazil, are the 1st species known to have swapped genital structures. Copulation lasts 40-70 hours during which the female uses spines on her gynosome (penis) to latch onto the male & if forced apart, his abdomen can be ripped apart from his body. sciencemag.org/news/2014/…
The red color from German candy Fraise Tagada comes from the carmin pigment which is extracted from some scale insects such as the cochineal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned about the windshield phenomenon, the observation that since the early 2000s people often no longer have to clean a bunch of insects off the windshields of their cars after a long drive. It has been attributed to a global decline in insect populations because of human impact on their ecosystem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Water striders (pond skaters) are not just found in freshwater, but are the only insects that have successfully adapted to the open ocean. Increased floating plastics, has given ocean going pond skaters more nesting surface which could cause a disruption to the oceanic food chain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Squirrels are omnivorous and will eat insects and mice. resteasypestcontrol.com/s…
When insects are electrocuted by bug zappers, it can spread a mist containing insect parts up to about 2 metres from the device. The air around the bug zapper can become contaminated by bacteria and viruses that can be inhaled by people or settle on food. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bug…
Charles Henry Turner proved that insects can think. This research laid the foundation for the field of comparative psychology. psychology.okstate.edu/mu…
For insects the size of fruit flies, the air density for them is like water density to us. physicsbuzz.physicscentra…
The fuzzy orange things found on oak leaves are caused by tiny insects called gall wasps that are barely visible. thenaturalhistorian.com/2…
In Jurassic park (1993), the insect trapped in amber and which made the cloning of dinosaur possible was actually elephant mosquito. It's the only mosquito that doesn't suck blood, so cloning wasn't actually possible. businessinsider.in/home/m…
Daylight Saving Time was invented by a guy who wanted more time after work to collect insects for his collection teara.govt.nz/en/biograph…
The crew that's gonna land on Mars for colonisation will depend on artificial lighting for the production of food and they might even have to include algae and insects in their diet. They'll be taking stored food from earth that'd serve as emergency ration. mars-one.com/faq/health-a…
Squirrels are somewhat opportunistic when it comes to their diet. Theyβ€˜re primarily herbivores but have also been known to eat small birds, young snakes, and smaller rodents, as well as bird eggs and insects. wikipedia.org/wiki/Squirr…
Weaver ants have it’s the insect version of squeezing glue from a bottle. An adult weaver holds a silk-producing larva in its jaws, spreading the larva’s sticky secretions to bind leaves for the colony nest. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
Most people with Chocolate allergies are actually allergic to the roaches present in them and not the chocolate itself . FDA deems up to 60 Insect Parts in 100 gm of Chocolates as safe for consumption as anything less than that would require more expensive processing and pesticide use. nbcnews.com/healthmain/ch…
The Far Side's cartoonist, Gary Larson, has three species of of insects, one a chewing louse, named after him to thank him for the celebration of science in the comic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
Termite queens are the longest living insect on the planet. Living on average up to 15 years with some scientists suggesting they can live up to 50-100 years old. si.edu/spotlight/buginfo/…
Extended bouts of hiccups can be caused by earwax, an insect, or even a hair touching the eardrum. hearinglosshelp.com/blog/…
Bookworms are actually larvae of several different species of insects that have been known to bore into books looking for food. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
The Sarlaac pit from Star Wars was based off of a real insect called the ant lion, that traps ants in pits that they’re buried in, grabs them with venomous pincers, and repeatedly slams them into the ground until the die. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Siquijor island's long-time reputation as a place of magic and sorcery both attracts and repulses visitors. It is famous for festivals that focus on healing rituals where incantations are sung while the old folks make potions out of herbs, roots, insects and tree barks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siq…
An entomologist developed the Schmidt Pain Index to compare the pain and intensity of insect stings on a scale of 1-4; the most painful stings are those of the bullet ant, tarantula hawk, and warrior wasp. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Pill Bugs are not insects but land crustaceans related to lobsters and shrimp. They breathe through gills, can drink through their anus, and excrete gas through their exoskeleton instead of urinating. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
The Water Boatman insect uses its penis to make a 99.2 decibel mating call, making it, pound for pound, the loudest creature on Earth. discovermagazine.com/plan…
For every person on earth there are 1.4 billion insects. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Yakisugi (burnt cypress) is a traditional Japanese building material. Made by heating cypress boards until the cellulose burns off, it is more fireproof, waterproof, and resistant to insects than ordinary wood nakamotoforestry.com/what…
Black and white stripes deter insects. Japanese scientists hypothesized that zebras' stripes deter insects. So they painted black and white stripes on cows. Striped cows had about 50% fewer biting flies land on them than unpainted cows. cnn.com/2019/10/08/us/cow…
During WWII the Japanese were responsible for killing 500,000 Chinese by using insect "Yagi Bombs" which consisted a two compartment, one with houseflies and another with a bacterial slurry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ent…
Bats in the US eat so many insects that they save farmers an estimated $22.9 billion every year on pesticides. nytimes.com/2011/04/05/op…
Wax Worms can eat and break down one of the most common plastics (polyethylene) into organic compounds. Wax worms are common insects which evolved to live in bee hives. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Gerhard Schrader was a chemist tasked to create new insecticides. He created Preparation 9/91 which killed insects, but also caused diarrhea, vomiting, and death. His employers stated he had failed. He then alerted the Nazis and was hired. He was paid $20,000 and soon developed Sarin gas. cen.acs.org/articles/94/i…
At theoutbreak of the Second World War, zookeepers killed all the poisonous insects and snakes in London Zoo, in case it was bombed and they escaped zsl.org/blogs/artefact-of…
The name of the color crimson comes from the name of a Mediterranean insect whose dried body was used to create vibrant red dye. lithub.com/color-or-fruit…
Today I learned of the Dolania Mayfly. The adult insects emerge before dawn in early summer, mate and die within the space of about thirty minutes. The female deposits her eggs in the water and dies within five minutes of emergence, believed to be the shortest adult lifespan of any insect en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
Today I learned Dragonflies were among the first insects to evolve. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
In the late 1860's, the Phylloxera (insect) destroyed almost all of the French vineyards and that Americans saved it by exporting some vines to be grafted, resulting in a pest-resistant vine, saving the French from a catastrophic loss. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phy…
There is a spider species, Bagheera kiplingi, that is mostly herbivorous, even actively avoiding confrontation with other insects while foraging for food. They sometimes rarely steal ant larvae or cannibalize during dry season, when the plant they prefer would be unavailable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bag…
Female wasps will attack almost any other insect to implant their eggs, which hatch into parasitic larva that eventually kill their host. This actually makes them useful as a 'green' method of pest control, being intentionally introduced to decimate the populations of crop-killing pests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…

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