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The fascinating world of insects is a new hobby of mine. Amazing beings with no inner bones rather, huge muscle mass surrounded by an outer skeleton. A very interesting method of evolving a body.

Let us start with A for ants...

-Ants do not sleep...

-The largest ant colony extends from Italy to Portugal in a vast network of underground nests with millions of queens all working together with about one trillion Argentine ants...

-The so called Leaf-cutter ant queen mates only once just before starting her colony and then saves the sperm allowing her to produce a billion offspring from the same father, usually a worker ant...

-Ants have an above average sense of smell about as good as that of a dog...

-An ant can lift thirty to a hundred times their body weight over their head with their mouths, and some up to five hundred times their body weight in general...

-There are an estimated 10,000,000,000,000,000 (ten quadrillion) ants on Earth...

-When a queen ant dies so does the rest of the colony...

How about B now for the Beetle...

-Some types of flying beetles have metallic wings that some say are magical good luck charms and are used often as jewelry...

-The African Goliath beetle is the largest and heaviest known insect on Earth, some weighing about four ounces or over 100 grams...

-Beetles are also considered the most diverse and largest order of insect on Earth with over 300,000 species...

C, that strange letter, and the cockroach...

-Cockroaches re-grow and replace lost limbs or legs...

-Cockroaches can live up to a month without food or water...

-Cockroaches can change their direction more than twenty times a second...

-A cockroach can live well over a week with her or his head chopped off...

D for Dragonfly...

-A dragonfly is predatory and has a spear like body part on their head used to catch small fish for food...

-Over the 300 million years of their estimated existence on Earth, the dragonfly has shrunk in average size with early ancestors having a wing span of up to three feet...

-The dragonfly has very large complex eyes with thousands of tiny lenses and can see 360 degrees in all directions at once...

-Dragonflies use their four wings to fly backwards and hover and some can fly over sixty miles per hour or 100 km/h...

E for Earwig...

-Earwigs do not climb in ears to lay eggs, to eat brains or for any other reason. It is a myth from Germany with absolutely no truth but hence the name...

-Male earwigs have two penises (for double the fun maybe?), researchers are still pondering...

-Earwigs dig holes up to ten feet deep to keep warm and escape the dryness in colder weather...

F and the common fly, perhaps one the most disliked insects of all but with interesting and unique facts...

-Flies are the only insect with two wings as opposed to four. Through the generations the fly's second set of wings has evolved into tiny stubs that connect their main wings and wire them directly to their eyes making them some of the best flyers around and difficult to catch...

-The fly is one of the only, if not the only, insect that can land on ceilings...

-Flies don't have a stinger or chewing system but they do have a needle like part that injects digestive fluids in their victims which breaks down the cell tissue, breaking it down to a jelotin like substance that they can suck in and injest...

-The average life span of a fly is about three weeks...

-Flies are born full grown and do not grow...

-The mating ritual of the fly is quite brutal, the male fly's vision is many times clearer and better than the female's and when a male homes in on a female to mate the female is jumped before she knows what is coming. Some call it rape but I doubt that. Perhaps she called the male in a way we have not yet discovered. We do often underestimate nature...

G for Grasshopper...

-Grasshoppers have five eyes...

-Grasshoppers like to rub their back legs and rub and clap their wings making music or the well known 'chirping' sound which are mostly used by adult males to attract females or warn other males to stay away. In addition, some colonies, as a group, form their own actual song...

-Grasshoppers can jump thirty times their body length with very strong hind legs...

H for Hornet...

-Hornets are experts at using pheromone, a chemical factor that warns them of danger before it happens...

-Hornet colonies completely die out in winter except for the queen which hibernates to start the colony again in the spring...

-Hornets construct their hives out of tree bark chewing it into a huge pile and mixing it with their saliva to form a hive making them the planet's first paper makers, and without killing the trees...

-A male hornet's only real purpose in life is to mate and then die with the females doing all the work...

With that I would like to share a story I saw on the History channel documentary about the dreaded Japanese hornet, huge and brutal, who thrive on other bees.
Years ago Japanese honey farmers brought European honey bees to Japan which became an easy target for the Japanese hornets. The Japanese hornets are predatory and love bees.
While the hornet colony builds their nursery and lays their offspring a lone scouting hornet goes out on the search for food. Upon finding a bee the hornet scout follows it back to their hive, marks the hive and returns home.
When the time is right the hornets send out their swarm to attack the bee hive. The honey bees bravely defend their queen and colony but are no match for the hornets which are about five times larger and with scissor like jaws that simply slice the bees apart in pieces. After a while the bee hive is a waste of half dead bees. The hornets then indulge on the honey and then take back the bee corpses to their hive to feed their young.
After a few years of this the European honey bee created a unique defense system. They created a new soldier for their colony, trained lookout honey bees that watch out for the hornet scouts.
Now when a Japanese hornet scout tries to mark the hive it is surrounded and led into the hive. The honey bees taunt the hornet for a while and then attack it but not as you may think. The honey bees swarm all over the lone hornet and rub themselves upon the hornet creating friction.
The Japanese hornet can withstand the heat of about 113 degrees while the honey bee about 118 degrees. In other words, the honey bees slowly cook the hornet scout to death and keep the location of their home safe...

I dont know any insects that begin with I or J, so lets go to

K for Killer Bees...

A couple of decades ago South American honey farmers came up with an idea to corner the honey market by cross breeding African Killer Bee queens with European Honey Bee queens...

This was in order to farm honey bees with a much higher quota of wax and honey that is more concentrated and a bee species with the tame and calmer personality of the European honey bee and the energy and production quota of more richer concentrated honey of the African Killer bee. Killer Bees are named so because of their very aggressive behaviour when they are threatened or attacked, their painful sting and the small amount of venom not harmful to humans in a single sting amount but they almost always attack in swarms, fast and effectively with the lowest casualties possible to their own. So if a human is stung by an attacking African killer bee swarm they are very likely finished with much suffering. However, the African killer bees do not attack humans unless provoked and nobody is that dumb...

In any case, what the south American honey farmers created for a hybrid bee was a group of African-American Queen Killer bees that harvested nests of bees not interested in honey except to feed their young. They have that same energy with many times the aggressiveness and a much more toxic dangerous sting, even attacking unprovoked at times, including humans...

One night, in their frustration the farmers had a wine party and passed out leaving the gate door open to the nests and all the killer bees escaped and spread out throughout northern south America fast, attacking and even killing some unprepared bystanders and cattle, then moving undetected through central America. They suddenly appeared in southern and western North America with more of the same and a public concern mounted as evidence arose that they were beginning to spread out eastward...

Suddenly, they seemingly vanished. The last few years sporadic reports of attacks here and there have surfaced among the media but with no apparent pattern or real evidence or concern..

They say what goes around comes around. Maybe they went further eastward with a ship and plane and teamed up with their forefathers and are planning a global onslaught after sanity set in with an integration into the brothers and sisters back home. Maybe they really did vanish and will unvanish soon. Perhaps the sporadic media reports are true and they appear here and there but vanish and are no longer a threat because of whatever...

L for Ladybug,

-In the middle ages a large group of farmers prayed to mother nature to save their crops being destroyed by swarms of parasites. Suddenly colonies of ladybugs moved through the area. Ladybugs hunt and eat Byturidea, Mites, Tomatohornworms, Fruitworms, Scales, Mealybugs, and other crop plant 'pests'. Afterwards the crops flourished again and that is how they got their name, Ladybug...

-Ladybugs hear through their legs...

-Four Ladybugs went with the space shuttle in 1999 and proved themselves exceptionally well adaptable to space and a zero gravity environment...

M for Millipede...

What?! A millipede is not an insect?! Insects have six legs or limbs but the antanae also act as limbs so they have six legs and eight limbs but mankind has two legs but four limbs, and a dog has four legs but no arms so has four limbs although they do use their mouths as limbs so unofficially five, but are fingers limbs, well let's not go there...
A spider has eight legs or eight limbs either way but is not an insect with eight limbs but only six legs, now a bird has two legs and two wings and therefore has four limbs not counting their beaks, so an insect with four wings has six legs, two antanae, four wings except flies, or twelve limbs so to recognize the different species with leg numbers we must first define legs arms limbs etc and their relationship to, ahh, who cares...

-A butterfly is an insect that metamorphosized from a caterpillar with many legs because the caterpillar is the larva of a butterfly which in many insects is the second stage after egg growth and those larvae that are born larvae were eggs that some insect queens keep in their abdomen until they hatch. From my point of view, without all the 'scientific mumbo jumbo', spiders and insect are relatives of the same family, millipedes centipedes caterpillars as well, probably evolving from the earthworm with no legs but very similar in a basic form...

-Male millipedes have a hidden area among their legs with multiple penises looking like legs...

-And that is why M for millipede...

N O for no insect that I know...

P for Praying Mantis...

-A Praying Mantis has a life span of about a year...

-They have necks and can rotate their heads 180/360 degrees...

-They are the only animal with only one ear...

-They have excellent vision within 70 feet...

-The female eats the male's head while mating, researchers are still pondering why...

For Q and R I have no insect names...

S for SPIDERS...

-Spiders with hair produce milk...

-The spider web is one of the most powerful substances known...

-The Snowspider of Africa is all white and spins a black web...

-The Chinese claim to have a collection of 'Holyspiders' about 2800 years old, which could be authentic since a spider cannot physically die of natural causes and can theoretically grow and live forever...

-The average spider's 'skin' or 'outer shell' can withstand a nuclear blast...

-Neurologist's at Harvard have discovered that the spider's brain contains more mental capacity than the human brain including logic...

-We in the USA spend about five percent of the GDP on eliminating spiders which is more than the amount invested on drugs, terrorism, the national park budget and assisting the underprivelaged combined...

-In 2001, NASA sent hundreds of spiders into space with the space shuttle Atlantis and observed how they created three dimensional webs in non-gravitational conditions...

-The so called Copperheadspider spins a web of solid steel...

-Most spiders keep their web victims alive in a cocoon as long as possible as they enjoy eating their prey alive. The Viedantspider has a unique venom that when injected into a dead insect causes it to suddenly pulse with movement for a more appetizing meal...

-The Bajillion Spider of Africa is a wonder of nature. Each one is composed of thousands upon thousands of tiny mini spiders that compose the whole one spider and work as one single collective, almost like a tiny insect colony...

-Over 80% of all retail bought clothes contain spider eggs from other countries and are the number one source of household spider presence...

-Sir Thomas Alderidge wrote in the first English poem about the spider...
"Sylent
Pryttie Inseyct
Deth escayps raintrodden",

-A Black Widow Spider queen only kills her mate when he is not a virgin...

-There are elite spider families that live their existence in the atmosphere and others that do the same under the ocean floors...

-Ever wonder why the ocean and sea look sometimes grey, sometimes clear without color, sometimes blue. No, it is not the sun and moon playing tricks, it is textbook authors.
Under the sea floor are many spider habitats and one egg often contains millions of offspring, sometimes hundreds, sometimes one, depending on the species, but when spiders young hatch under the sea bed they 'race' to the surface to get their first breath of fresh air and cause the strange color change in the sea, not sun rays...

-In the ionosphere, which is a layer of the atmosphere or border of our gravity to space, live a species of spiders called Windcurrent Spiders and use web spun parachutes, like 'backpacks'. They have evolved to actually live and evolve within the ionosphere, and although some claim they are cannabilistic, science has shown that they have developed a plant like process known as 'photosynthesis' (a plant energy and nutrition intake process like eating and drinking but of energy at light wave levels) of attaining energy and nutrition, from light rays...

-It is said that The Enigmaspider can withstand heat of up to 5300 degrees although they apparently live in the Antarctic. That one I have not been able to verify so if anyone would like to add something...

T for Termite...

-Termites eat constantly without ever stopping...

-They feed almost entirely on wood and paper...

-Termites have a special monarchy system with the Queen choosing a king she keeps as her mate for life who both help with the reproduction of offspring and can live up to 50 years if the conditions are right...

-Termites have been known to lay down an entire house in just under two years...

-Some termites eat twice as fast as usual while Heavy Metal music is playing...

For U and V I have none...

W for Wasp...

-Wasps look similar to bees but are not honey makers eating mostly fruits and nectar, as well as other insects and caterpillars...

-Some wasps live in a social order like ants or bees while solitary wasps live on their own with females laying their larvae in underground dug tunnels...

-Male wasp stings can be painful and bruising but it is the female with the real power stinger that can be very painful and lethal...

X Y Z again no insects I know of...

In any case some last points of interest in the conclusion of our insect chapter...

-Most insects never meet their parents because they are dead before the offspring reaches the age of reason...

-Many insects are very dangerous when provoked and/or threatened initiating defense systems like chemical warfare, poisoning, royal strategic initiatives, extra danger alert senses, muscle and strength beyond comparison, swift swarm attacks, impressive leaping abilities, camouflage techniques, wings, stingers, adaptibility, can deal with all types of weather conditions, loyalty, and so on...

-Many plants are dependant on insects to survive with their part in pollination...

-Most insect colonies have strict social structures with a monarchy, powerful guards, soldiers, look-outs, nurses, hunters, trappers, carpenters, builders, nursery leaders, janitors or cleaning aids, farmers, harvesters, and perhaps more...

-Insects and spiders seem to defy the 'law' of gravity by walking on walls and ceilings. Being that the 'sensor arms' are not antennae we must conclude that insects, like spiders (or the lone hunter Units of the insect species, in my opinion) have eight limbs, or insects six legs and two arms, spiders eight legs. The Periodic Auchenorrhyncha, or Magicicada, resembles a (highly developed form of the) fly, the only insect with two wings except for the mosquito that is classified as a type of fly. The impressive form of the Auchenorrhyncha, also called 'leafhoppers', clearly shows the (usual) two 'antennae' to be two limbs or arms/legs for a total of eight legs, and definitely a (winged) Spider, or insect if you prefer.

-Insects hear with ears, hair, antennae, and probably more including sounds and frequencies beyond human hear detection.

-Insects have taste 'buds' or mechanisms in their mouths and also on their antennae or 'sensor arms', hair, and their feet, recognizing a tasty meal when walking on it.

-Insects practice many different and unusual sexual and reproductive methods using odors and scents, flashing lights, music from beating, rubbing wings and legs, and even one type of grasshopper plays certain hairs like a violin, many make songs, dance in the air, 'die bodily' at the "hands of their mate" during the act, a queen chooses one male, usually a guard soldier for the mating season (always ensuring a new Generation of best 'limbs or drones', if an insect species with a Military that cockroaches, for example, do not have and swarm in 'soldier alarm' if necessary when all are one soldier unit...
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