Interesting Facts about Ants:
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.
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.
Interesting Facts about Cockroaches
Pregnant for life? It doesn't sound like much fun, but some female cockroaches mate once and are pregnant for the rest of their lives.
No food for a month--not even a crumb? Roaches can go without eating for a month but will only live a week without water.
Headless Horseman? A cockroach can live a week without its head. It only dies because without a mouth, it can't drink water.
Cockroaches have at least 18 knees.
Cockroaches are some of the most ancient insects. Fossil records show their relatives have been around, virtually unchanged in appearance, for over 350 million years.
Recent studies have confirmed that cockroaches are a major cause of allergies and asthma. In some inner city areas up to 45% of the children are allergic to roaches, and many of them have developed asthma as a result of constant exposure.
Cockroaches have been found to carry, on their bodies, the pathogens that cause tuberculosis, cholera, leprosy, dysentery, and typhoid, as well as over 40 other bacteria or viruses that can cause disease.
Doctors in some inner city areas report that one-half of the foreign objects they remove from children's ears are cockroaches.
Cockroaches will feed on people!! They feed at night when people are sleeping, consuming protein materials such as eyebrows and fingernails.
Cockroaches are among the fastest land-moving insects. They are capable of moving 50 body lengths each second! If a human had this potential he could run a 100 yard dash in 1 second, reaching a speed of 200 miles per hour.
Interesting Facts About Spiders:
The largest spider in the world is a species of tarantula found in South America - Theraphosa leblondi - where one specimen had a leg span of over 11 inches.
The most dangerous spider to humans may be the Sydney Funnel Web Spider - Atrax robustus - whose venom is so potent and fast-acting that they could potentially kill a small child within 15 minutes. Since an anti-venom was developed for them there have been no more human deaths
Interesting Facts About Wasps and Bees
Honeybees may make 10,000,000 trips to gather enough nectar to make a single pound of honey. The total distance traveled by all the bees to create this much honey may equal twice the distance around the world. Their activity for this single pound of honey means a total distance flown of 55,000 miles and over 2,000,000 flowers visited.
When searching for food sources a honeybee may travel up to 60 miles in a single day.
A single female yellow jacket begins a new colony each spring, and if all goes well she may have over 25,000 of her daughters working in the expanded colony by the end of the summer.
Interesting Facts About Mice and Rats
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. Remakably, 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.