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A Peruvian spider uses insect corpses and debris to make an eight-legged fake spider in the middle of its web. It’s not quite clear why, but it it could be to deter predators.

 

 

Researchers found the Lord Howe phasmid, a giant stick insect, on Ball’s Pyramid, off the coast of Australia, in 2001.This was thought to have gone extinct in the late 20th century but the team has created new breeding colonies.

Lord Howe's phasmid

Source: Patrick Honan, Zoos Victoria

They hope to reintroduce the insects to their native habitat on nearby Lord Howe Island once they have eradicated the non-native predators.

The assassin bug drinks the the insides of its prey (after liquifying them with an injected enzyme) and then sticks the empty shell (exoskeleton) on its body as camouflage.

Source: rizalis (malaysian macro team) – Flickr

Probably shouldn’t have written this before breakfast…

The insect that can jump the highest is the froghopper (Philaenus spumarius), which is a common agricultural pest. It can jump up to 70 cm and accelerates at 4000 m per second.

When a dung beetle has formed a ball of dung, it will dance on top of the ball as it rolls it away. This seems to help it keep the ball rolling in a straight line.

Some bees are genetically more likely to go to find new nest sites or new sources of food than other bees, who just go to the same old sites.

honey beeThe bees who do something different – their brains show similar genes and similar brain chemicals to those in people who bungee jump or go white water rafting.

When an ant is attacked by an enemy ant from another colony, the attacked ant retains the enemy’s smell and passes it onto the rest of the colony. This means that any ant from the colony will recognise any ant from the intruder’s colony.

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