5 Incredible Insect Superpowers
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Incredible World of Insects
Some of the world's most beautiful insects we've only seen through pictures. You'll probably find people who are fearful of bee stings on every continent, but you won't find any actual bees throughout all of Antarctica. And if you're trying to kill a cockroach, you'll need to be pretty creative. Why? Because cockroaches can live up to a week or more without a head, hold their breath for 40 minutes and can live up to a month without food. There are between six and ten million species of insects around the world, all contributing in some small—or large—way to the environment and food chain. Some emit an iridescent glow that emanates from specific organs, and others are larvae that can survive in liquid nitrogen for up to three days. Whether they disgust you or fascinate, insects are pretty amazing.
Bees help pollinate the food we eat, caterpillars transform into butterflies, and ladybugs munch on the aphids that destroy essential plants and insect habitats. Bugs give us much more than just mosquito bites, so what can we do to help them in return? Deforestation, climate change, urbanization and more are killing off beneficial insects. Check out this playlist on these amazing creatures and spread the buzz on how we can help keep these critters.
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Hawk Moths have sonar-blocking genitals and bees are electrically charged! But that's not all the superpowers insects possess. Anthony goes down his list of the top hidden skills insects have that'll knock your socks off. Read More: Study: Hawk moths use sonar jamming genitals in fight against bats http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-07/04/anti-bat-sonar "Hawk moths may be jamming bat sonar signals by rubbing their genitals." Mechanism of Generation and Perception of Electric Fields by Honey Bees http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1009204 "Generation and reception mechanisms of electrostatic and alternating, currents by bees are studied. It is shown that generation of electric fields is concerned with the properties of body integuments to carry a comparative large electrostatic charge." Honeybees Can Move Each Other With Electric Fields http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/03/26/honeybees-can-move-each-other-with-electric-fields/ "A honeybee returns to its hive after a productive visit to a nearby field of flowers, rich in pollen and nectar." Spider webs more effective at ensnaring charged insects http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/uoc--swm070213.php "Flapping insects build up an electrical charge that may make them more easily snared by spider webs, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, biologists." Wow! Moths Jam Bat Sonar http://www.livescience.com/5578-wow-moths-jam-bat-sonar.html "Tiger moths can thwart attacks from bats by effectively jamming the bats' sonar, doing so by emitting sudden bursts of ultrasound, scientists now find." Sonar Jamming http://www.sonarjamming.com "This site is dedicated to bats and moths, especially moths that jam bat sonar. " Top 5 Insect Super Powers http://lepidopterran.blogspot.com/2013/04/top-5-insect-super-powers.html "In the real world, however, many insects are similarly known to possess unique and amazing super-power like abilities! The following are a list of the top 5 insect super powers that I could come up with." Phloeodes Diabolicus http://swellbugs.blogspot.com/2011/02/phloeodes-diabolicus.html "Ironclad beetles are the tanks of the insect world. They are famous (or infamous) for walking away after being stepped on." Infected caterpillar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lk_m1AF4Xk Bees and Flowers Communicate Using Electrical Fields, Researchers Discover http://phys.org/news/2013-02-bees-electrical-fields.html "Flowers' methods of communicating are at least as sophisticated as any devised by an advertising agency, according to a new study, published today in Science Express by researchers from the University of Bristol." Watch More: Weird Animal Behaviors http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFoUDeQMRrM Steal Super Powers From Birds! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7AdovBYKHI The Sun Hates You http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRkIbowJT_s ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube http://testtube.com/dnews Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel DNews on Twitter http://twitter.com/dnews Anthony Carboni on Twitter http://twitter.com/acarboni Laci Green on Twitter http://twitter.com/gogreen18 Trace Dominguez on Twitter http://twitter.com/trace501 DNews on Facebook http://facebook.com/dnews DNews on Google+ http://gplus.to/dnews Discovery News http://discoverynews.com