E.Explore: Insects by David Burnie

By David Burnie

From blood sucking insects to scuffling with beetles, discover the hidden international of bugs. examine each point of insect existence from the magic of metamorphosis to the advanced societies of ants, wasps and bees after which go browsing with Google to find extra. all of the websites are secure and applicable and feature been in particular chosen to provide you the entire most recent and most fun info. excellent for initiatives or simply for enjoyable!

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FINAL MOULT As a locust hopper grows up, it sheds its skin six times. Each time it does this, it clings firmly to a twig, and its old skin splits down the back. The hopper then pulls itself free, leaving the empty skin behind. Before locusts start to swarm, the ground is covered with millions of hoppers, moulting and searching for food. ADULT After the final moult, an adult emerges. Unlike a hopper, it has fully working wings and is ready to breed. Locusts fly well. When their food starts to run out, the adults take to the air in a swarm.

MUSEUM BEETLE This tiny beetle can be a big problem in museums, because its grubs feed on dead insects and stuffed animals. The grubs are covered in bristles, and they chew their way through their food. In the past, these insects often ruined museum exhibits, but today deep-freezing and fumigation keep them under control. BIRD LOUSE Unlike bloodsucking lice, the bird louse feeds on tiny pieces of feather. It spends its entire life aboard living birds – particularly on their heads and necks, where it is safely out of reach of the birds’ beaks.

They use hooks and suckers on their feet to cling to almost any surface, including glass. Landing upside down is trickier. First, a fly catches hold with its front legs, like an acrobat grabbing a trapeze. It then swings the rest of its body underneath its legs, so that it swivels upside down. Once all six legs have made contact, it can walk around. Lines of bristles on lower leg < BRISTLY BODY A fly’s entire body, including its legs, are covered with long bristles. These bristles are very sensitive to air currents, and they warn the fly if anything is on the move nearby.

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