Insects-record holders

Interesting facts "Animals" Insects-record holders

  • Queen Alexandra's winged butterfly has a wingspan of 28 cm; the wingspan of the Athenian blue dwarf butterfly is only 1.4 cm.
  • If all the offspring of just one pair of fruit flies survived and reproduced, then a year later, with the appearance of the 25th generation, these flies would form a ball the size of the Earth to the Sun.
  • The record for flying speed among insects is the hawk moth, flying at 53.6 km / h, but it appears to be cheating by using a tailwind. A more realistic figure is 28.5 km / h; the dragonfly anax parthenops flies at such a speed.
  • Some of the oldest insect fossils, more than 300 million years old, are cockroach wings.
  • Try to catch a cockroach and you will see that it is very difficult. Cockroaches are excellent sprinters, they run 30 cm per second, but this is only 1.8 km / h.
  • The so-called killer bees are a special type of African honeybee that attacks humans and animals very often. Over the past 3 years, more than 70 people have died from their bites in Venezuela.
  • Male cicadas make the loudest sounds of any insect, vibrating with ribbed plates in two resonator cavities on the abdomen. The sound of cicadas can be heard at a distance of over 400 m.
  • The largest order of insects is the order of cruel-winged beetles. There are about 330 thousand species in it, which is almost a third of the species of insects known to science. The group of weevils includes 40 thousand species.
  • The mosquito is considered the most dangerous insect - the carrier of the parasite that causes malaria, from which over a million people die every year. There is an assumption that mosquitoes are responsible for almost half of human deaths since the Stone Age.
  • The tallest termite mound found in Africa was 12.8 m high; it was only 3 m across.
  • The longest insect is tropical stick insects. Their body length can reach 33 cm; stick insects are very thin and fragile and cannot fly.
  • The body length of tiny wasps parasitizing insect eggs is only 0.21 mm.
  • The tiny invisible mosquito flaps 62, 760 per minute with its furry wings.
  • Queens of some termites have been reported to live up to 50 years, although their average lifespan is 15 years.
  • The sweetest insects in the truest sense of the word are aphids. About 5 billion individuals can feed on one hectare of plants. They annually release up to 2 tons of sugars into the soil in the form of honeydew.
  • The heavily armored African goliath beetle is the insect heavyweight champion. Its whole reaches 100 grams.