There are many insects in Australia, all with exciting facts most of us don’t know. So let’s dive right in. Here are the most interesting things we know about bugs!
Australian Bug Facts
Insects are truly fascinating creatures, and at GC Pest Control, we come across many insects! Insects, by definition are small arthropods (an animal having an external skeleton) with six legs and generally one or two pairs of wings.
Insects come in all different shapes, sizes and colours, and these sometimes strange little creatures provide an endless list of strange and interesting facts:
Ants Are Ancient
Scientists estimate ants came about on earth over 100 million years ago.
These bizarre critters can carry up to 850 times their body mass.
Our feared friends can live without food for up to 100 days.
The fastest insect in the world is the male horsefly reaching speeds of 145.8 kilometres per hour.
Giant Prickly Stick Insect
The largest stick insect reaching lengths of 20cm.
Centipedes always have an odd number of legs.
These creepy crawlies can survive for up to 2 years without food.
Driver ants can kill and devour small animals and larger invalid animals (including humans).
Only female mosquitoes bite.
The blood of insects is usually yellow.
No two spider webs are spun the same.
Ladybugs can resort to eating each other if food is scarce.
Bees don’t have ears.
The wheel bug is the slowest insect in the world.
Butterflies use their hind feet to taste.
Fireflies are not flies but are a beetle.
They live for only 24 hours.
Mosquitoes have teeth.
Ants never sleep. Explains why they infest your home so quickly!
A snail can sleep for three years.
The only insect whose head can swivel 360 degrees.
Can leap up to 30cm in one single bound, jumping from carpet to your pet!
Houseflies do not live past 14 days.
Honeybees have hairy eyes.
A spider’s web is not spun to make a home but rather to make a food trap.
Larvae eat their mother from the inside out when they hatch.
Cockroaches can live for weeks without ahead. So, that is not the way to get rid of them!
Bugs Are Cool!
Thankfully some of these exotic insects are not likely to come across like the Driver ant!
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