Posts tagged ‘Insect’

How do gecko lizards walk on ceilings?

Gecko has the ability to walk on walls and ceilings due to special adhesive pads on their feet.  These small lizards live in warm climates.  They have wide-spreading toes.

Each toe ends in a pad and hidden claw.  These toe pads, made up of thousands of tiny suction cups, enable the gecko to cling to any smooth surface—even glass.

The claws can be moved out like those of a can, and are used on rough surfaces.  The gecko’s grip is so good that it can scamper easily over walls, ceilings, and windowpanes while watching for insects and other prey.–Dick Rogers

What is the smallest mammal?

Shrew

The smallest mammal in the world is the shrew.  The tiniest member of the shrew family, the Mediterranean shrew, is about as long as your little finger and weighs less than a penny!  Shrews live in most parts of the world.

If you see a shrew in a field or garden, you might mistake it for a mouse until you spot its long, sharp nose.  These active animals are almost always hungry.  They must eat more than their own weight in insects, worms, and snails each day just to stay alive.  Their sharp teeth make it easy for them to kill and eat their prey.–Dick Rogers

Why do moths eat clothes?

Moth

Some moths eat clothes because that is their food.  Actually, it is not the adult moth that does the damage.  The eaters are the caterpillar stage of the moth.  They especially like wool and fur.  The female moth lays her soft, white eggs on clothing and carpets.

When the eggs hatch, the hungry little caterpillars begin to eat whatever material they rest on.  The caterpillar has strong biting jaws that can chew cloth and fur.  When the insect changes into a winged adult, its mouth changes, too, and it no longer has any desire to feed on clothes.–Dick Rogers

How does a cricket make its chirping sound?

Cricket

Perhaps the most familiar summer sound-maker of the insect world is the cricket.  The common field cricket chirps from grasses in  your backyard or from behind is warm stove in your house.  Because it has no voice, the cricket must fiddle.

It makes its chirping call by raising one wing like a violin bow and drawing it ever a file-like edge on the other wing.  It is the male who makes all the noise.

The female cricket is quiet.  The male’s loud fiddling is done to attract the female cricket.  She listens to his song with “ears” located on her front legs.–Dick Rogers

Do insects have bones?

Insect

If you could look inside an insect’s body, you wouldn’t see any bones. But insects do have skeletons!  Insects differ from creatures with back-bones, such as humans, horses, dogs and fishes.  These animals have hard skeletons inside their bodies. Your skeleton is made of bone, and the rest of your body is shaped around it.

An insect’s skeleton though, is a tough outer shell.  It provides support and protection for the insect’s soft insides.  Some insects, especially beetles have hard, heavy skeletons.  Others, such as butterflies have light, thin skeleton. – Dick Rogers

Why does not a spider get caught in its own web?

Spider 

Spiders build their webs to trap flies and other insects for food.  An insect is unable to escape once it has become caught in the spider’s web.  The more the insect struggles, the more it becomes entangled in the sticky threads. A spider’s silk is strong enough that most insects cannot break through it.

A web-spinning spider does not become caught in its own web.  When walking across the web, it grasps the silk threads with special hooked claw on each foot.  The spider also secretes an oily liquid onto its legs and feet that prevent the sticky silk from sticking to its body. – Dick Rogers

How did the butterfly get its name?

Butterfly

No one knows for sure how the butterfly got its name.  But there are many popular ideas.  One is that the butterfly’s name came from “flutterby,” so-called because of its fluttering flight.  Some people believe that the insect is so named because many butterflies have the color of butter.

Yet another idea is that the belief that butterflies stole milk and butter.  The scientific name for the butterfly family is “Lepidoptera.”  This name comes from Greek words meaning “scaly wings.”  The wings of butterflies are covered with dust-like scales. – Dick Rogers

Why does a mosquito bite itch?

The itchy welt you welt you get from a mosquito bite is caused from the saliva the mosquito injects into the skin.  The saliva keeps the blood from clotting so that the mosquito can easily sip your blood.

Most of us are allergic to the mosquito saliva, and the itchy welth that forms on the skin is very irritating.

Only the female mosquito “bites.”  The male mosquito feeds only on plants juices.  The female mosquito does not really bite.

To the eye, her needlelike beak looks like a think tube.  Actually, it holds daggers with saw-like tips.

Mosquito Bite

As soon as she settles on your skin, she starts sawing.  Into the tiny hole she injects the saliva that helps her to sip the blood.

If you swat her before she can suck back the irritating saliva, your itching will be worse.

Next to its bite, the hum of a mosquito is probably most annoying – especially when we are trying to sleep.  The hum of a mosquito is the sound of its wings beating rapidly as it flies.

The humming “song” helps the female mosquito attract a male mosquito. – Dick Rogers

 

 

 

Where do insects go in the winter?

Tiny Living Things

Many insects die when winter approaches.  But some live through the cold by hibernating.

Have you noticed that insects seems to disappears in the fall?  Where do the butterflies and bees go during the winter?

Cold weather sends the ant scurrying into its underground home.

The cricket sleeps all winter in a little crack in the ground.  We say it hibernates.

Some other insects hibernate, too.  The moth caterpillar spends the winter wrapped, snuggly in its cocoon.  By spring, it has changed into a moth, which breaks out of the cocoon and flies away.

In the fall, the orange and black monarch butterfly flies south to warmer country.  It migrates.

Ladybugs migrates, too

Bumblebees die at the end of summer and only the queen bumblebee lives through the winter to start in new colony in the spring.

Honeybees are luckier.  They huddle together for warmth in their beehive and eat the honey they collected during  the summer.

Most other insects die with the first frosts, but they leave behind large numbers of insect eggs to hatch in the spring.  – Dick Rogers

What are termites?

Termite

Termites are small antlike insects that feed on wood.  Like ants, termites live in large colonies, in which there is a king and queen, many workers that build and tend the most and search for food and soldier termites that guard the next from insect enemies.

Termite nests are hidden in wood or in the ground.

Termites will eat nearly everything made of wood, including paper.  Those are live in the forests serve a useful function by cleaning away dead wood.  But when they attack our houses and belongings, that is a different story.

Oddly enough, the termite cannot digest the wood it oats.  The stomachs of termite workers are filled with little one-called creatures called protozoans.

The termite chews the wood and swallows the tiny chips.  The protozoans feed on the cellulose in the wood and convert it into foods that both the protozoans and the termite live on. – Dick Rogers