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Insects and Other Bugs

Posted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:09 am
by jupiterdog
(I looked and saw no topic like this, but if there already is, lock this. Or if it's against the rules and anyway.)

Insects, Arachnids, and More. Insects live through out the world. About 96% of animals are invertebrates. 75% of those are insects.

Let's talk about bugs! 8)

Re: Insects and Other Bugs

Posted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:56 am
by Oakly
Wow, cool topic.
Humm, I like butterflies! Where are all the ladybirds now days?

Re: Insects and Other Bugs

Posted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:11 am
by jupiterdog
I like butter flies too. I am currently doing a science project on butterflies. I'm raising them from Caterpillars. They are painted lady butterflies. I'm writing a journal on them, too. I'll post it when I'm finished writing it. :D

Re: Insects and Other Bugs

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 12:25 pm
by wolfluvr101
cool! i like all insects except spiders with their eight legs and eyes they just give me the creeps and I always curl up in a ball whenever I see them, and sometimes I run away screaming depending on the size of the spider. lol

Re: Insects and Other Bugs

Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:53 am
by Cusack
Oakly wrote:Wow, cool topic.
Humm, I like butterflies! Where are all the ladybirds now days?
I had one hanging out with me over the winter. I saw it enough to name it (Pizza). Would give it food and water. Haven't seen it in several months, though. And during the fall, I see boatloads of them everywhere.

My favorite bug is the Tibicen canicularis, aka Dog-day cicada. Cute little ones. Used to see them a lot at my old job and I almost always had one hanging with me (or on me, in some cases). Great way to creep people out: stand in the clock-out line with one crawling around on ya (they liked trying to get into my hair, which thankfully is hard because I wear ballcaps all the time). <--- pic of one

I'm also fond of the Actias luna aka luna moth.

Very pretty.

We had a lot of different moths there at my old job. I had a gray one decide to dive bomb my Ravioli. I picked him out of the food, sat him beside it and gave him some more sauce while I dried him off with paper towels. Then I took him back to my machine and a bit later, he was well and dried off enough to take off.

And just two weeks ago Sunday, we were getting inspected at work and a big moth flew right at Tom, our inspector. He one hand caught it and put it outside. I was impressed. A man after my own heart, if I do say so myself ;-)

Re: Insects and Other Bugs

Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:39 pm
by soloreclipse
I hate mosquitoes! They are icky!
I wrote this essay on mosquitoes for school once.
What is the Point of Mosquitoes
I have often wondered, what in the world is the point of mosquitoes. They drink your blood, annoy you like crazy, and cause itchy welts on you, they cause malaria, and cause many deaths.
So what is the good in mosquitoes? I have done my research and found reasons, and explanations for this question that millions of people have wondered.
Q: What is the point of Mosquitoes? (Why do they exist?)
This is actually a very difficult question, as there are a few meanings of “The Point”. But here is the explanation for them.

Ecosystem and Animal Reasons
1) In the ecosystem, there are food chains. For example,
The sun grows grass. The rabbit eats the grass. The fox eats the rabbit.
This is a very important chain. If something happens to one of the organisms, the others crash as well.
The sun doesn’t shine, the grass doesn’t grow, the rabbits can’t eat, and the foxes die off, too.
The foxes get hunted. The rabbit population increases and they all starve themselves.
There are no rabbits to eat the grass. And the grass becomes over grown.

But, then there’s the parasite, in this case, the mosquito. The mosquito drinks the blood from the rabbit and fox. It doesn’t cause enough blood loss to kill the animal, or make them sick. And it doesn't help balance the system. Therefore, in that sense, mosquitoes have no point.

2) Many animals prey on insects. This ranges from other insects, to frogs, to raccoons. The mosquito feeds these animals very well. And on a hot, humid, August night, these animals get their plentiful amount of food. Bats eat twice their body weight in mosquitoes every night.
So, in this sense, mosquitoes have a point.

3) The Bot fly is an insect. It is too big and loud to sneak up on a animals and humans and lay their eggs; we would just swat them away. But the bot fly has found an alternative. It uses the mosquito.
When the bot fly finds a mosquito, it catches it in mid air. It lays her eggs.
Then, when a mosquito lands on us or an animal, the eggs hatch into bot fly larva.
For the bot fly, the mosquito has a huge point.

4) Male mosquitoes only drink nectar from flowers. When they do this, they help pollinate, just like bees and butterflies. It’s the females that annoy us. They drink blood to feed babies and themselves.
In the pollination, male mosquitoes do have a point.
For humans though, it seems mosquitoes have little point, if any. They do more harm than they do good. They spread disease easily. And cause pain and itching. So what do mosquitoes have that is so terribly needed that we couldn’t live without them?
Nothing. Mosquitoes do nothing that we NEED terribly. We try to avoid these pests best we can. But, people all over the world die every day. Mosquitoes cause more deaths every year, than snakes and sharks. This happens mostly in Africa, where hospitals are limited.
Mosquito nets and bug spray are our best defense against these creatures. Lighting torches also helps keep back these bugs.
It seems in the environment, mosquitoes do have a point. But to us, not really.


Re: Insects and Other Bugs

Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:41 pm
by soloreclipse
Cusack wrote:
I'm also fond of the Actias luna aka luna moth.

Very pretty.
I love their color! It's so pretty!

This is a moth!!! ... minent.jpg

Re: Insects and Other Bugs

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:14 pm
by Kivia
Oh, I love luna moths^^ It's been years since I've seen one; haven't seen one since I moved.
We get cicadas too. I love to listen to them, though I haven't heard any around our current residence, once again.

It's interesting how I can move across town, and the insects are different. Around where I live now, we get gnats and mosquitoes like crazy because we live next to farm fields and marshes. That and spiders; gah, spiders.....

Just to throw this in for fun, the state bug here in Delaware is the ladybug^^

Re: Insects and Other Bugs

Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:22 am
by jupiterdog
FL's state insect is the Zebra Longwing Butterfly
Here is some info:
Zebra Longwing
(Adopted 1996)
The Zebra is easily identified by its long black wings with this yellow stripes. It usually flies very slowly, with shallow wing beats. Zebras belong to a tropical group that has the unusual habit of collecting and feeding on pollen from flowers. Its preferred habitat is the understory of dense tropical or subtropical woodlands and hammocks. This butterfly is resident in southern Florida and south Texas, and occasionally appears in southeastern Arizona and elsewhere north of its normal range. the butterflies are found year round in their permanent habitats. You can find adults nectaring and collecting pollen at lantana and composites such as shepherd's needle.

The Lubber Grasshopper is definately cool. They have broad colors and can jump a few feet (That's amazing for their size)! Here are some pics. 8)
Babies grow two inches before becoming adults. They are not native to florida. They were imported and eat everything in sight, but i still think they are cool. 8)

A baby: ... lubber.jpg

An Adult ... MH5ZLL6Z0L

A baby and an adult ... ential.jpg

Re: Insects and Other Bugs

Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:41 am
by Zethra
Ugh, bugs, my least favorite animal. Though some, I must say can be rather fasonating.
I believe, some of the bugs that have hit my "like list" resolve of; Praymantis, Caterpiller and Butterfly. Though I still do not wish to touch one, I find them rather interesting and will look at them(from a distance).

My favorite butterfly, would be the monarch, their black and orange markings remind me of one of my favorite holidays and they are, a pretty rare site to behold. 8D

Re: Insects and Other Bugs

Posted: Sun May 02, 2010 9:35 pm
by jupiterdog
I'm actually not afraid to hold bugs and stuff. I'll pick up a grasshopper and won't go "Ahhh!". LOL. Only spiders and creepy thinks. Roaches are not my "Cup of Tea". And if there is one in my room, i will sleep in the living room for two weeks. :shock:

Re: Insects and Other Bugs

Posted: Fri May 07, 2010 6:17 pm
by jaguartail
i like butterflies,ladybugs,crickets and grasshoppers. moths are okay. flys,mosquitos and horseflies are just annoying and are bugs that i kill upon seeing one.

Re: Insects and Other Bugs

Posted: Fri May 07, 2010 7:09 pm
by soloreclipse
There was this HUGE dragonfly on the tree in my yard! Here's a link: ... ogy028.jpg
Just wondering, do they change color to match their surroundings?

Re: Insects and Other Bugs

Posted: Sun May 09, 2010 1:46 pm
by soloreclipse
Okay, something REALLY weird just happened! I was walking through the grass in my bare feet and something flew out of the grass. When it was flying it looked exactly like a large moth. It flew about eighty meters, around the yard and rested on the bottom of the screen. When i went over, I saw something really freaky.
It looked like a grasshopper, butterfly (Moth) mix! It was weird! So I went and got my camera.
It had wings folded back like a moth, and legs like a grass hopper. But, i'd think it'd be normal for a grass hopper to have wings, right? But, the thing that really got me wondering was the face! It had a butterfly face! It had grasshopper eyes and a butterfly face. :shock:

Normal Grasshopper Face:
Butterfly Face:
akZlRI/AAAAAAAADuo/q9VZYeoWn4M/s400/Painted+lady+face.jpg ... loseup.jpg
It: ... ogy114.jpg ... ogy115.jpg

If this is a normal grasshopper tell me!!! Cause i am like so curious right now. I'm dying to know.
I also found this on Youtube. Now watch this and tell me it's not werid. . . :shock:

Re: Insects and Other Bugs

Posted: Sun May 09, 2010 2:00 pm
by jupiterdog
Solar, I do believe that is a normal grasshopper.
But the thing on Youtube was weird. :shock: