things to be curious about

Category: Insects and Arachnids...

  • insects are the largest arthropod class with nearly a million known species (about 3/4 of all animals) and 5-10 million undescribed species
  • as arachnids grow, they molt several times
  • most arachnids are unable to digest food internally, instead injecting their prey with digestive fluids then sucking the liquefied remains
  • the orders of insects with the greatest numbers of species are beetles, butterflies and moths, ants/bees/wasps, and true flies
  • the reasons there are so many insects are their small size, high rates of reproduction, and abundance of food
  • the arthropods may have originated one billion years ago
  • a major characteristic of arachnid evolution is that segments of the body were fused or lost
  • avoiding the use of insecticides
  • Insects do not sting out of malice but because they also want to live. (F. Nietzsche)
  • There are, as is known, insects that die in the moment of fertilization. So it is with all joy: life's highest, most splendid moment of enjoyment is accompanied by death. (S. Kierkegaard)
  • A noiseless patient spider. (W. Whitman)