Strange Facts About Insects

Published by in science
9th Mar 2009

* According to studies, half of all known animals are insects.
* Insect is a good source of protein so in several countries it is a delicacy.
* Majority of insects use their antennae in search of food.
* Insects are the cold-blooded animals.
* All insects have jointed legs, 3 pairs to be exact.
* Insects can lift objects 50 times or more its natural weight.

Here are other facts about insects:


* Almost 1/3 of all known insects are beetles.
* A 100 gram African Goliath beetle is the heaviest insect in the world.
* The South American Acteon Beetle holds the record for the biggest known insect. The males can grow up to 9cms long.  
* The hairy winged beetles are the tiniest insects in the world.
* Believe it or not 278 Japanese beetles were once found on a single apple.


* 15 miles per hour at an average, that‘s how fast a bee can fly.
* A worker bee can generate 1/12th teaspoon of honey in its entire life span.
* In order to produce a tablespoon of honey, bees need to be busy sipping the nectar from  2,000 flowers.  
* More human death are attributed to honeybees sting than all poisonous snakes bite.
*  A  bee’s buzz is generated by moving its wings at a rate of  11,400 strokes per minute.
* A bee can sting only once then dies after it pulled-out its stinger.


* A baby cockroach can run side by side with its parents.
* A head-less cockroach can survive for a week but dies of thirst because it can’t drink water.
* Cockroaches can survive for a month eating nothing but have only a week to live without water.  
* The world’s largest cockroach found in South America is the world’s biggest cockroach measuring six inches and a one-foot wingspan.  
* The Madagascan Hissing Cockroach (shown in photo) is one of the few insects who give birth to live young, rather than laying eggs.


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* Believe it or not, ants stay awake all their life.
* Ants have to move their jaws sideways just to chew its meal.
* An ant colony can housed half a million individuals.
* Amazon ants (red ants found in the western U.S.) who are good warriors have to snatch other ants larvae to make them slaves. In so doing, Amazon ants can’t survive without their slaves.  
* Certain honey-pot ants become a colony’s warehouse. Their bloated abdomen produces a liquid food that serve as food to other individuals living in a colony.
* The fire ant (shown in photo), who grows as big as a grain of rice has a sting that is worse than a hornet’s sting.


* Crickets sense of hearing comes from their knees.
* Take note only adult male crickets are capable of making a chirp.
* Crickets chirp is a product of  rubbing its wings together.
* Some crickets are intelligent, they make a conical-shaped hole that help amplify the sound of their chirps allowing it to be heard as far as 2,000 feet away.
* Crickets are good temperature reader. People know whether its hot or cold depending on the chirps crickets make. 


* According to studies, majority of human death caused by animals is due to mosquito bite
* Mosquitoes feet are irritated by citronella, so they hate it much. 
* Mosquitoes will likely bite children and blondes.
* Don’t worry about male mosquitoes, only the females bite. They need blood protein to produce eggs.
* It would take more than a million mosquito bite to sap all your blood.


* Common diseases such typhoid fever, dysentery and cholera are usually associated with a housefly.  
* The house fly life span at the most 21 days.
* The housefly complex eye has more than 4,000 lenses.
* House flies hairy and sticky toe pads to walk upside down on the ceiling.
* A house fly “hums” in the key of F and beats its wings over 20,000 beat a minute.

  • Kate Smedley

    I love this article, so informative, I didn’t know that ants stayed awake all of their life and the crickets sense of hearing is through from their knees! Some scary photos though!

  • Mason


    I believe the statistic refers to species, not total count, because I am positive that there are more ants, for example, total then there are beetles, there are just an extremely large number of types of beetles.

  • Kimberly

    Great Job and love the details of insects!!

  • Stephanie Moore

    I love this- my favorite insects are bees and ants. They are social insects and I find them so fascinating. They are like tiny people.

    I killed an ant yesterday and now I feel bad…anyway, there is a great book called Journey to the Ants by E.O Wilson. It’s one of my favorites.

    Great article, Papaleng!

  • Joni Keith

    We call the red ants fire ants because if they bite you it burns. I could have lived the rest of my life without knowing that much about cockroaches. Great stuff.

  • Darlene McFarlane

    Very interesting article! If that is a picture of a cricket above, I have never seen one like it.

    Very informative.

  • lindalulu

    Great article, but I hate bugs…..

  • papaleng

    Mr. Sotiris is right, the statistics is based on the number of species. Thanks for catching my attention. it is in my original work.

  • Juancav

    Wonderful pictures and important facts about insects.

  • The Quail

    Awesome article my friend and very educational too.

  • Blue Buttefly

    Wow photos and interesting facts!

  • nutuba

    Nice! Thorough and beautiful as always!

  • Andrew Davies

    Great photo selection!

  • nobert soloria bermosa

    nice bro

  • Melody SJAL

    Great post…very interesting.

  • valli

    Nice info.

  • Lauren Axelrod

    I can’t stand insects. I am deathly afraid of them

  • Chambo

    Insects are crazy creatures. Spiders are freaky things. Great photos and cool info Papaleng.


  • stephencardiff

    good work papaleng… I enjoyed that…

  • payge

    Dont know much about insects,but knows more then I used to now thanks to you papaleng.Was a interesting article to read and the pictures was very good to.As usual,very well done.

  • Debra.

    Guy’s sure do love them creepy crawlies! Nice article Papaleng. The pictures made me squeamish.

  • monica55

    Nice work with a lot of facts, only they give me the creeps.

  • rutherfranc

    whew.. biology class is really fascinating.. waiting for more!

  • CutestPrincess

    You have a lot of great ideas! cool

  • PR Mace

    What a great article. I can see it being used for a homework assignment.

  • Lost in Arizona

    I love bugs! But not the! Cool article.

  • Sotiris

    Nice article!

    “* Insect is a good source of protein so in several countries it is a delicacy. ” Bliah :P

    “* Almost 1/3 of all known insects are beetles.” haven’t seen a beetle in my life :D . Based on those statistics I should have seen one right? :D

  • butterflysects

    thank God, im not a blonde(faves of mosquitoes..=)
    nice, informative searched!=)

  • Majic

    That’s a “bugful” of insect knowledge!

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  • Anne Lyken Garner

    Intriguing information and well-presented pictures.

  • macon

    a very interesting piece. though i cringed at the start of the article saying that insects are a good source of protein…

  • Christine Ramsay

    A fascinating topic, full of interesting facts and wonderful photography. Well done.


  • Anne McNew

    those are very interesting facts papaleng… i enjoy reading it. the photo are great too.

  • Westbrook

    Great research for sure here. Lots of informayion

  • Jo Oliver

    “Almost 1/3 of all known insects are beetles”…..Really? That is interesting. I would have guessed ants. Very interesting article. And, again, your picture selection is awesome.

  • MMV Abad

    Nice post! You’ve presented this very well. I would really love to keep this in SU :)

  • Unofre Pili

    Very interesting piece bro…

  • Likha

    I dread mosquitoes, ants and cockroaches. Thanks for letting me get to know them more.

  • Yovita Siswati

    Interesting facts. I would never dream eating an insect! Beautiful pics too!

  • Erin

    Good and interesting article! Educational, smart, and wise.

  • Grae

    Yes, yes they are. They are within Kingdom Animalia, in the phylum Arthropoda.

  • Amy

    Insects are not animals.

  • Jeremy

    “Related Articles
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    This was at the bottom of the entry … Fine dining, anyone?

  • Charles

    The more I know about the facts the harder it is to believe this is all random.

  • eddiego65

    Very impressive piece and amazing photos.

  • rartika

    ?nothing about dragonflies?

  • Brittney Stewart

    OMG cockroaches are sooo creepy.

    More creepy bugs…