10 insect superpowers!

  1. The male silk moth is estimated to “smell” chemicals of female silk moths in the air at the ratio of a few hundred molecules among 25 quintillion (25,000,000,000,000,000,000) molecules in a cubic centimeter of air.
  2. Houseflies find sugar with their feet, which are 10 million times more sensitive than human tongues.
  3. It takes about one hundred Monarch butterflies to weigh an ounce–but an individual Monarch can fly up to 17 miles an hour.
  4. The queen of a certain termite species can lay 40,000 eggs per day.
  5. While gathering food, a bee may fly up to 60 miles in one day. Honeybees have to make about ten million trips to collect enough nectar for production of one pound of honey. (Thanks, bees!)
  6. Beetles account for one quarter of all known species of plants and animals. There are more kinds of beetles than all plants. There are nearly as many species of ants (8,800) as there are species of birds (9,000) in the world.
  7. A cockroach can change directions up to 25 times in a second and live 9 days without its head.
  8. Insects have been present for about 350 million years, and humans for only 130,000 years.
  9. A flea can jump 130 times its own height.
  10. A particular Hawk Moth caterpillar from Brazil, when alarmed, inflates its thorax and exposes markings on its abdomen, causing it to look like the head of a snake.



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