Posts Tagged 'insects'

15 Facts About Maggots

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From mental_floss –

Few things trigger revulsion like the sight of maggots writhing through rotting food or decomposing road kill. But maggots, which are the larval stage of flies and other related insects, are actually one of nature’s unsung heroes. Along with bacteria and other insects, they quickly break down dead things. Maggots provide other beneficial services as well, from helping solve crimes to healing wounds.

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27 Ladybug Photos

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CoolDigitlPhotography presents 27 photos of everyone’s favorite little bug. Check them out HERE.

20 Awe-inspiring Grasshopper Pictures

CoolDigitalPhotography presents an album of grasshoppers HERE.

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Living Creature Found With Mechanical Gears

Issus, a type of planthopper has perfectly formed gears on its legs. The gears are present in the young issus, but disappear when it reaches adulthood.

According to Popular Mechanics –

With two diminutive legs locked into a leap-ready position, the tiny jumper bends its body taut like an archer drawing a bow. At the top of its legs, a minuscule pair of gears engage—their strange, shark-fin teeth interlocking cleanly like a zipper. And then, faster than you can blink, think, or see with the naked eye, the entire thing is gone. In 2 milliseconds it has bulleted skyward, accelerating at nearly 400 g’s—a rate more than 20 times what a human body can withstand. At top speed the jumper breaks 8 mph—quite a feat considering its body is less than one-tenth of an inch long.

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