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|A honeybee can fly
approximately 15 miles per hour.
A honeybee will flap its wings about 11,000 times per minute creating that "BUZZ" sound.
A typical beehive makes more than 400 lbs of honeycomb per year.
Honeybees will usually travel approximately 3 miles from their hive.
A single honeybee will only produce approximately 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
A honeybee has to travel over 55,000 miles and visits approx. 2 million
flowers to make 1 pound of honey.
It would take about 1 ounce of honey to fuel a honeybee's flight around the world.
Bees do not create honey they are actually improving nectar.
The honey we eat is nectar that bees have repeatedly regurgitated and dehydrated.
Bees possess 5 eyes and have 4 wings.
A queen can lay 3,000 eggs in a day.
Queens can live for up to 2 years.
Africanized bees look exactly like regular honeybees, but they act a bit differently.
Africanized bees are more fierce and quick at defending their hives.
A killer bee will sting in 3 seconds, whereas, it takes a honeybee as long as 30 seconds to sting.
Africanized bees chase their enemies for longer distances, and tend to gang up, stinging in large numbers.
If a person is stung many times, that could be dangerous. But a single sting from one Africanized bee is no more dangerous than any other bee sting.
Africanized Honey Bees (killer bees) will pursue an enemy 1/4 mile or more.
The oldest known fossil of an insect dates back 400 million years and is a springtail.
There are about 91,000 different kinds (species) of insects in the United States.
In the world, some 1.5 million different kinds (species) have been named.
There are nearly as many species of ants (8,800) as there are species of birds (9,000) in the world.
To survive the cold of winter months, many insects replace their body water with a chemical called glycerol, which acts as an "antifreeze" against the temperatures.
Insects have been present for about 350 million years, and humans for only 130,000 years.
Wasps feeding on fermenting juice have been known to get "drunk' and pass out.
Ants can lift and carry more than fifty times their own weight.
Ticks can grow from the size of a grain of rice to the size of a marble.
Roaches wear their skeletons on the outside of their bodies.
Roach mouths work sideways. Try it sometime.
Cockroaches have 6 legs and least 18 knees!!
Some researchers say that Fire Ants have an internal "compass" created by eating tiny bits of a mineral called magnetite, allowing them to navigate in darkness.
African Weaver Ants can carry prey weighing more than 1000 times their own weight, hauling it back to their nest for food.
If a 175 pound human had the comparative strength of an ant he could lift almost 9000 pounds.
Weaver Ants in Asia use their larvae as sewing machines. The larvae produce silk on command, and the worker ants move the larva back and forth on the edges of leaves they have pulled together, creating a hollow cave of leaves in which they nest.
Some natives of tropical Asian countries use large ants as "stitches" to close open wounds. They will pull the edges of the skin together at the wound site, allow the ant to bite across the wound, and then cut the head off the ant, causing it to stay there with its jaws holding the skin together.
In South America the Leaf Cutting Ants are capable of completely stripping all the leaves off a tree in a single night. The leaves grow back quickly, causing no harm to the tree.
The Army Ants of South America have enormous colonies of very large, aggressive ants. However, they have no nest. Instead, they may pick up everything and everyone and move each day, forming a large ball of ants at night to hide the queen and their young within.
Some kinds of ants are called "Slave Makers", for their trait of raiding the nests of other species, stealing the eggs from that nest, and raising these captives through to the adult stage, where they now serve as the workers for the colony that stole them.
There are about 9000 species of birds identified throughout the world. There are almost that many species of ants - currently about 8800.
The largest ants in the world are the Driver Ants in Africa. Some workers reach almost one and a half inches long. In contrast, the smallest ant species is one from Sri Lanka, whose workers are only 1/30th of an inch long.
The "bullet" ants of Central and South America are given that name due to the intense, burning pain caused by their sting.
The Crazy Ant gets its name from the wild manner in which the workers run around when they are disturbed or agitated.
When disturbed many ants spray formic acid out of their abdomen.
More than 150 species of birds have been observed, picking up ants in their beaks and placing the ants in their feathers. The formic acid the ants then spray kills mites on the birds.
There are about 2,700 species of mosquito. There are 176 species in the United States.
The average mosquito takes in about 5 millionths of a liter of blood during feeding.
Mosquitoes fly an estimated 1 to 1.5 miles per hour.
Bigger people are often more attractive to mosquitoes because they are larger targets and they produce ; more mosquito attractants, namely CO2 and lactic acid.
Active of fidgety people also produce more CO2 and lactic acid.
Women are usually more attractive to mosquitoes than men because of the difference in hormones produced by the sexes.
Blondes tend to be more attractive to mosquitoes than brunettes.
Smelly feet are attractive to mosquitoes - as is Limburger cheese.
Dark Clothing attracts mosquitoes.
A full moon increased mosquito activity 500% in one study.
Of the 1,830 varieties of fleas, the champion jumper is the cat flea. It has been known to leap to a height of 34 inches. That's like a 100 lb person leaping so fast and so high (over 100 feet!) that the g force he/she was enduring made he/she feel as if they weighed 20,000 lbs!
Relatively, fleas take off with greater acceleration than the Space Shuttle.
A female house mouse gives birth to 6 young about 19 days after mating. She is ready to mate again in two days.
She can produce 60 to 100 litters a year. Each of her young is ready to mate in two months. Remarkably, all her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great grandchildren can have offspring in the same year.
Two mice, starting to breed on New Year's Day, could theoretically have as many as 31,000 descendants by December 31.
Rats can jump 3 feet straight up, and four feet outwards, from a standing position.
They can burrow three feet straight down into the ground; chew through building materials, glass, and cinder block; swim 1/2 mile in open water and against current in sewer lines; and, climb up inside the pipes with diameters between 1-1/2 and 4 inches.
A rat's teeth are so strong, it can bite through aluminum, lead and other metals.
A female ladybug will lay more than 1000 eggs in her lifetime.
Ladybugs chew from side to side and not up and down like people do.
A gallon jar will hold from 72,000- to 80,000 ladybugs.
Scorpions can live for more than a year without eating.
All insects are bugs but not all bugs are insects.
An Insect has three body parts; a head, thorax, and abdomen.
Insects have six legs and two antennae.
Spiders and scorpions have eight legs and are not considered insects.
Mites and Ticks are Arachnids (they have eight legs) and are related to the spider and scorpion.
You will never get bit by a male mosquito. Only the females bite.
Mosquitoes must dilute the blood of their victim with their saliva before they can drink it.
It is the saliva that causes the bite to itch.
Lightning bugs or Fireflies are not true bugs or flies. They are actually beetles.
Beetles are one of the most popular pets in Japan and can be bought in many department stores.
There are nearly 40,000 species of spiders world-wide and about 3,800 in the US.
Spiders rarely bite people and only do so as a means of defense.
Spiders range in size from small enough to balance comfortably on the tip of a pencil to almost 14 inches in diameter.
The average person will encounter some 50 different kinds of spiders in their lifetime.
Of those, only about a dozen are capable of piercing the skin with their fangs.
Spider silk is the strongest natural fiber known.
It's exuded as a liquid and hardens when the spider pulls it, thus aligning the molecular structure.
It will stretch up to 1/3 of its original length without breaking.
Scientists are researching spider silk as a possible replacement for Kevlar,the material used in bulletproof vests.
It has been theorized that a spider web with strands the thickness of a pencil could stop a 747 in flight.
Spiders are the only creatures that can produce silk essentially from the time they emerge from the egg sac until the day they die.
Black widow silk was at one time used in military gun sights because of its strength and uniform thickness.
Bridge builders have been known to study spider webs because of the webs' remarkable ability to absorb tension.
Virtually all spiders are venomous but only a few are what we refer to as "medically important."
Components of spider venom show promise in medical research, including areas of Alzheimer's and Lou Gehring's disease and even in preventing permanent brain damage in stroke victims.
There is no correlation between the size of the spider and the degree of venom potency.
Little Miss Muffet was a real person. Her name was Patience Muffet and she was the daughter of Thomas Muffet - a late 16th and early 17th century entomologist. His book "Insectorum Theatrum" contained the first illustration of an insect, collected in North America on Sir Walter Raleigh's second voyage.
Muffet had a particular penchant for spiders and tolerated and even promoted them in his home. As was common at that time, he believed that spiders possessed medicinal qualities and that consuming them could cure a variety of ailments. Consequently, whenever poor Patience was ill, her father would mash spiders and spoon feed her the pulp. No wonder she was afraid of them!
The simple act of a spider spinning a web in the mouth of a cave has been credited with saving the lives of the primary figures in three major world religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. In many countries, there are tales of a hero or special individual who escaped his pursuers because a spider had built a web across the entrance to his hiding place. For example, David doubted God's wisdom in having created such a useless creature that does nothing but spin a web and has no value. Yet when he was pursued by Saul and took refuge in a cave, God sent a spider to weave its web across the mouth of the cave. Saul and his men did not enter the cave because they felt that no one could have entered without disturbing the web. Similar tales are told of Mohammed when he fled Mecca to escape from the Coreishites and of Jesus being hidden in a cave to escape Herrod's men who searched for him.
Aristotle advocated swallowing a spider every day as a means of staying healthy.
Contrary to popular belief, the female Black Widow spider seldom devours the male after mating.
Spiderlings (young spiders) can travel great distancing by "ballooning" -the process of floating on the breeze using a strand of silk.
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