The Weird and Wonderful World of Pests 1/23/12 Edition

The Weird and Wonderful World of Pests

  • Based on various sampling, the total number of insect species is between 15 and 30 million.
  • Some female cockroaches are devoted mothers, carrying their offspring in little pouches like kangaroos. One species even nourishes her young in the uterus with a milk rich in protein, carbohydrates, and fat.
  • Out of the 4000 known species of cockroaches only 20 types are classified as pests.
  • Mother Dung Beetles tenderly care for their young by cleaning away toxic molds and fungi off the dung balls where her larva lives and feasts.
  • The exoskeleton of a scorpion, made of chitin, reflects back ultraviolet rays and will glow pink or green under the moonlight or a black light.  Fossilized scorpions still glow under ultraviolet after 300 million years.

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