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Incredible World of Insects

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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.

Inside The Insect World

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Whether you think they're gross or not, insects are fascinating—even life-saving—creatures. For example, ants can be used as stitches. The ant can bite the edges of a cut, locking its mandibles to seal the wound like a stitch. The ant may then be removed from its mandibles, which will stay in place for days as the wound heals.

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 "Hawk moths may be jamming bat sonar signals by rubbing their genitals." Mechanism of Generation and Perception of Electric Fields by Honey Bees "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 "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 "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 "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 "This site is dedicated to bats and moths, especially moths that jam bat sonar. " Top 5 Insect Super Powers "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 "Ironclad beetles are the tanks of the insect world. They are famous (or infamous) for walking away after being stepped on." Infected caterpillar Bees and Flowers Communicate Using Electrical Fields, Researchers Discover "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 Steal Super Powers From Birds! The Sun Hates You ____________________ 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 Subscribe now! DNews on Twitter Anthony Carboni on Twitter Laci Green on Twitter Trace Dominguez on Twitter DNews on Facebook DNews on Google+ Discovery News
A selection of our favorite butterfly photos submitted to MY SHOT by National Geographic readers.
10 Incredibly Strong Insects They might be small, but these 10 incredibly strong insects can punch well above their weight. Music = Nu Bot Groov by Darren Leigh Purkiss Videos in the Endcard: 10 Deadliest Poisons Known To 'Humanity' - 10 Things That Make You A 90s Kid - 10 Common Myths About Weed - 10 Strange Discoveries On Google Earth - 10 Inventors Killed By Their Own Inventions - 10 Things You Didn't Know About YouTube - Where else to find All Time 10s... Facebook: Twitter: Check out a selection of video's highlighting some Alltime10's favourite and interesting people.. @ 10. Cockroach 09. Honey Bee 08. Rhinoceros Beetle 07. Ironclad Beetle 06. Froghopper 05. Titan Beetle 04. Leafcutter Ants 03. Flea 02. Habrobracon 01. Dung Beetle
World's Weirdest: Freaks on Land : MON NOV 9 at 10P et/pt : Sure, love can break your heart. But if you're a male praying mantis, it can literally eat you alive. During mating, the female bites off his head... and then devours his corpse for nourishment. Praying Mantis Animal Profile
When they say jumping spider, they're not kidding. This spider can jump 50 times its body length. More worse for its intended victim - in this case, a bee. See All National Geographic Videos
With the discovery of a hot pink Katydid, we pay tribute to amazing bugs that appear to be "not of this world." For More Top 5:
Sam and Si head pond-side to see some of the best aerial carnivores in action - dragonflies. Using a little plastic toy - they capture a stunning shot of a dragonfly going head to head with a Lego man! Sam explains what's behind their amazing pilot skills as Si gets more stunning high speed footage. Subscribe to Earth Unplugged - Join the Earth Unplugged community: Facebook: Twitter: Google+: Original and stunning high definition slow motion footage of animals and their actions. Brought to you by our very own team members; animal nerd Sam, and camera geek Simon. This is a channel from BBC Worldwide who help fund new BBC programmes.
10 Amazing Insect Camouflages Found in Nature - as part of the travel series by GeoBeats.
Check out the hottest science posts for November 2013, fresh from the Scientific American blog network. Carin Bondar, the biologist with a twist, is your host. Featured in this episode: Man convicted for killing and eating China's last Indochinese tiger 13 Horrifying Ways to Die (If You're an Arthropod) Was Typhoon Haiyan a Record Storm? -- WATCH more of 'Best of the Blogs': SUBSCRIBE to our channel: VISIT for the latest science news: Top image: Alex Wild Help us caption & translate this video!
An insect not much bigger than a grain of rice is able to repeatedly jump on the surface of water using specialised paddles on their hind legs, new research reveals. The pygmy mole cricket, which is really more closely related to a grasshopper than a cricket, is only 5mm (1/4 inch) long and weighs less than 10mg. They live in burrows that they dig into the muddy banks alongside fresh water, to include creeks and ponds, in more tropical habitats. On land they can jump as far as 1 metre and as high as 0.7 metre, but accuracy is sacrificed for speed and they often end up in the nearby water. Professor Malcolm Burrows, from the University of Cambridge's Department of Zoology, first encountered pygmy mole crickets (family Tridactylidae) while eating his lunch near a pond in Cape Town, South Africa. Upon hearing sporadic noises coming from the water, he observed something he had never seen before in his 48 years of research -- an insect that was jumping on the surface of the water. After collecting a few of the creatures and bringing them back to the lab, he analysed them jumping using a high speed camera. He and his engineer colleague, Dr Gregory Sutton, discovered that, unlike other animals that use the surface tension of water such as pond skater insects (also known as water striders) or basilisk (Jesus) lizards to traverse water, the pygmy mole cricket relies on its powerful hind legs to thrust a small ball of water down to propel itself off the surface. In order to escape the water, where they are easy prey for fish, the pygmy mole cricket rapidly (the legs are extended in about 1 millisecond at an angular velocity of 130,000 degrees per second) push their powerful hind legs into the water. As they push downward, specialised spring-loaded paddles and spurs fan out to increase the surface area (which is increased by 2.4 times). This enables them to propel a ball of water downwards, launching them upwards into the air. Once the thrust has been applied, the paddles then rapidly snap closed to reduce the drag. On water, the jumps can reach distances of 33mm (5.4 times the length of their body) and 100mm high.
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