Insects are efficient and compassionate, ruthless and sharply intelligent. But our resident expert has come up with a few facts about them that shine a little light on their quirkiness.
1: Midge Larvae
Larvae of one type of midge can survive for three days in liquid nitrogen. The temperature of liquid nitrogen is -321 degrees Fahrenheit.
2: Termite Queens
Termite queens will lay up to 30,000 eggs a day, and live for many years.
3: Indian Moon Moths
Indian moon moths are able to smell the pheromones of a potential mate over 6 miles away.
4: Termite Mounds
African termite mounds can be 40 feet high and use an intricate system of ventilation shafts to control the temperature inside.
5: Sleeping Wasps
Some wasps sleep (and even hibernate for months) while hanging by their teeth.
6: Fly Taste Buds
Houseflies can taste with their feet — they have taste buds on them.
Mosquitoes have killed more humans than all the wars in history.
8: Wasp Hunters
There are wasp species that specialize in hunting other dangerous predators, like praying mantids and tarantulas.
9: Ants Marching
Only three kinds of animals fight battles in formations: humans, crows and ants.
10: Grasshopper Ears
Certain types of grasshoppers and crickets have their ears on their front legs.