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First Ever Insect To Physically Possess A System Of Gears

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

An interesting garden insect moves with the help of a set of mechanical gears. That sentence may sound strange, but researchers believe that they have found the first ever insect to a physical constitution that operates in a fashion similar to mechanical gears.

We are all aware of the mechanical gears that make engines operate, well, as it turns out, the insect known as the issus leafhopper also uses mechanical gears in order to jump through the air. This leafhopper has numerous sets of teeth that resemble cogs. The teeth in these cogs intermesh when the leafhopper is using its legs.

The system of gears is very similar in design to man made machines. For example, each tooth that is located on each cog has a rounded corner at the point where each tooth makes contact with the gear strip. This particular feature was thought to have been a completely man made construct, and not a part of the natural world. Maybe humans are not as clever and inventive as we think.

Are there any other examples of particular animals that demonstrate a similar gear system as a part of its anatomy? And if so, do those features function in service of the organism? Or have the gear-like features become obsolete to the organism?

Tarantula Venom Being Studied For Painkilling Effects

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Feeling the sting of a tarantula bite must rank as a particularly stressful experience in life when simply seeing a tarantula is enough to make me run in complete fear. However, as terrible as it must be, there are benefits that you would most likely not consider at the time of a tarantula bite.

For example, the venom belonging to the Peruvian green velvet tarantula, contains a peptide referred to as Pro-Tx-11, which is a molecule that reduces the perception of pain in humans being administered the peptides. This research could lead to the development of non-narcotic drugs that don’t carry the risk of abuse or addiction that current painkilling drugs are known for.

Using an animal’s venom as medicine is not new to the US medical community. For example, venom-immunotherapy has been used to treat allergic reactions of all kinds, such as bee stings and other animal bites. Currently researchers have much to learn about the medicinal benefits of animal venom.

Which medical conditions have been successfully treated with venom therapy?

The Insect Food Trend Could Save Our Bodies, the Planet, and Decrease Poverty

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

While Americans clearly need to be wooed into jumping on the insect food bandwagon…or shall say bugwagon…many people in the U.S. are welcoming the trend as the benefits it has for the entire planet keep increasing in number and this food is looking more and more like it could be the answers to many of the world’s problems such as health and helping the environment. The number of restaurants adding insects to their menu is rapidly growing, and gives adventurous diners a tasty way to explore this trend. You can find crunchy grasshopper tacos at New York’s Toloache Mexican restaurant, or if you’re feeling more like Asian fusion, try the Taiwanese crickets at restaurant Typhoon in Santa Monica, California.

The advantages to an insect-filled diet are numerous. Insects have way more protein packed in a small package than any traditional mammal such as cows or pigs. They also contain boosts in other nutrients such as iron and zinc. Palm weevils have two times more dietary zinc than beef, and more iron and healthy fats. And while their dietary benefits are huge, their environmental footprint is tiny. Insect farms don’t need nearly as much water, land, and other resources as cattle farms, and they produce much lower levels of greenhouse gasses. Not only does insect farming benefit our health and the Earth, but it also can apparently make a serious dent in poverty. Insect farming has created a job that people with very little resources can do and end up making a pretty good living. A number of stories have popped up of formerly impoverished people in Africa starting their own insect farm. With this simple job they’ve been able to get themselves out of poverty and provide for their families when they previously couldn’t. With so many benefits, I’d be willing to munch on a cricket if it will change the world.

Do you think consuming insects could possibly change the world for the better and how?

The Loudest Insect On Earth

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Cicadas are known be extremely loud, and their sounds tend to annoy most people. So it should be of no surprise that Cicada’s are on record as being the loudest insects in existence.

The European Mole Cricket was previously believed to make the loudest sounds of any insect. The European Mole Cricket can be heard as loud as ninety six decibels from fifty centimeters away. This is impressively loud for a small insect, but it turns out that many different species of Cicada often produce sounds that are even louder. For example, the species of Cicada known as Tibicen Walkeri currently holds the record as the loudest bug, with the ability to produce sounds that clock in at more than 108 decibels.

Cicadas that have relatively larger bodies than most Cicadas also produce louder sounds. The female Cicadas are attracted to the males that produce the loudest sounds, but Cicadas have to pay close attention to the level of noise that they produce since their mating calls also attract predators. Since larger bodies mean louder sounds experts believe that the Empress Cicada found in Southeast Asia is the largest of all Cicada species on account of its greater body size. However, scientists have not yet measured the decibel level of this species.

Is the positive correlation between the decibel level of the Cicadas sounds and its body size typical of other animals as well?

Which Bugs Bites You Should Worry About

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

For the most part bug bites are just an annoying nuisance. They itch like crazy, and you might get a swollen red bump, but you’re not going to die. However, there are some insect bites you do want to avoid, especially with the increase in insect population that came with the warm and humid summer weather.

For the most part mosquitos are generally just a nuisance. However, two things you need to consider are the Zika virus and West Nile virus. These two viruses can be caught from the Asian tiger mosquito and the Aedes aegypti mosquito. With the Zika virus you might get some flu-like symtpoms, but it is most dangerous for pregnant women, as it has been linked to the birth defect microcephaly. West Nile virus doesn’t generally cause severe symptoms, but you could possibly experience fever, neck stiffness, muscle weakness, disorientation, paralysis, and even coma, as well as possibly permanent neurological effects. Unfortunately the two mosquito species are the ones that stray from the path of most mosquitos and like to bite people all day, and the Asian tiger mosquito is more aggressive than other species. So, wear that insect repellent.

Two other nasty critters I’d stay away from are the horse fly and the black fly. These guys will hunt down any blood meal. They’re not picky, and their bite can seriously hurt, leaving behind painful welts. You also want to stay away from deer ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease. Lyme disease is hard to diagnose at first because it mainly causes flu-like symptoms, along with the hallmark rash some of the time. It can be treated and cured for most with antibiotics, but if it’s left untreated, you could develop arthritis, meningitis, as well as other serious illnesses. Again, you really want to wear your insect repellent when going outside.

What other insects do you know of that cause painful and dangerous reactions or diseases?

How to Make a 3d Ladybug!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Creepy Crawlies Found in Cadbury Chocolate

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

A mother of a 21-month-old daughter was innocently letting her daughter have a few pieces of chocolate one day when she looked down and discovered that the chocolate buttons were covered in webbing of what looked to be a silk worm as well as the worm itself. After immediately removing the infested candy from her daughter’s grasp she sent the packet of chocolate to Cadbury to be analyzed. At first the company seemed to be sympathetic and created a customer number as soon as she contacted them, as well as sent her packaging to send the infested sweets them in. She also included a picture of the insect that she has taken. After a few weeks, however, the mother received a surprising letter from the chocolatiers. They claimed that what appeared to be webbing was actually fibers from the conveyor belt the candy came off of. Understandably upset, the mother has now informed the media and wants to make sure other mothers know the danger their children could face. Cadbury still denies the claims, and say that they’ve sent her a voucher “as a gesture of goodwill.”

Have you ever found dead bugs in your food? What did you do about it?

Thank God This Insect is Extinct

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

The Meganeura looks like a dragonfly only it is, or was, enormous.  Its wingspan was as long as seventy five centimeters.  And back in prehistoric times this insect was likely so large that it was likely the maximum size allowable by the environment at its time.

Today the oxygen level in the atmosphere is twenty one percent of all gases.  But back in Meganeura’s days this oxygen level was much higher, clocking in at thirty five percent.  This higher oxygen level made it so much larger species of insects could exist in the environment.  The higher the oxygen level the greater the size of internal tissues in prehistoric animals.  This is why long extinct animals were known to be much larger than they are today.

The Meganeura was so large that its menu was not limited to other insects, but, quite likely, large amphibeans as well.  This huge bug likely behaved much like modern dragonflies with the exception of having more food options.  We can all be thankful that this terrifying creature has been erased from nature.

 

Do you know about any other extinct terrifying insects? Which one scares you the most?

Moths Get a Date by Mimicking Bats

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

There are some pretty strange mating habits in the insect world. Some of them are downright reminiscent of the kind of foreplay a serial killer would be into. Well, you can now add moths to those kinky sex freaks. Rather than buy a girl some flower and a box of chocolates like a normal guy, male moths basically choose to mimic the plotline from a bad slasher flick when attempting to woo a female.

When a male moth goes looking for a girl to go on a “date” with, he begins making the same squeaking sound that bats, the moth’s natural predator, make when they are hunting. Female moths freeze like a deer in front of headlights when they hear this sound in the hopes that the “bat” doesn’t detect them nearby. However, they soon find out that what they thought was a bat, is actually a male moth out looking for a hot date. This wicked trickster has a much easier time getting the female to then mate with him in her frozen state.

Scientists found that using this deceptive seduction technique, the male moths almost always successfully mated. Whereas, when they didn’t mimic the sound of the hunting bat, they were only successful half of the time. How romantic…

What other insect mating habits do you know of? Why do you think female moths play so hard to get?

Bugs Can Get Into Your Home Easier Than You Think

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Bugs Can Get Into Your Home Easier Than You Think

During the summer months it is common to see insects crawling around your home.  Many insects are out and about exploring different territories to find shelter and it can be off-putting when your home becomes a venomous insects target.

The southwestern United States is of particular concern during the summer months when potentially dangerous insects such as Scorpions, Black Widows, which are venomous can squeeze into your home through the smallest spaces for cooler shelter.

If a credit card can fit in between a small crevice, such as around your door, then a roach or Scorpion can as well.  One desert resident uses Diatomaceous Earth, which is a powder solution, used to ward off insects from opening around his home.

Scorpions and Black Widows may not be dangerous to adults, but to children and the elderly their venom can be fatal.  So make sure your homes are tightly secured.

What do you think of this pest control method? What do you do to ward off insects around your home?