Bug Fun Facts

Impress your kids with these strange-but-true bug facts:

  • Butterflies taste with their feet, a handy trait considering they land on flowers feet first.

  • Grasshoppers can leap 20 times the length of their body, which would be like a human jumping halfway across a football field!

  • While gathering food, a bee may fly up to 60 miles a day. That's a lot of trips to the refrigerator!

  • Ants can lift and carry up to 50 times their own weight. That would be like a 200-pound man carrying a 5-ton weight on his back!

  • Only female mosquitoes bite people; male mosquitoes, thankfully, feast on plants instead.

  • A particular Hawk Moth caterpillar from Brazil, when alarmed, raises its head and inflates its thorax, causing it to look like the head of a snake.

  • Be careful to never squash a yellowjacket near its nest. A dying yellowjacket releases an alarm pheromone that calls its comrades to action. Within 15 seconds, yellowjackets within a 15-foot area will rally to the victim's aid.

  • Think twice before buying blue camping clothes. Recent studies have found that Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue twice as much as to any other color.

  • Talk about losing your head: A cockroach can live a week without its noggin. It only dies because it can't drink water without a mouth.

  • Fireflies and glowworms are beetles that can light up at night. They flash their lights on and off to send messages to each other.

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