13 Bizarre Bug Facts That Will Totally Freak You Out
These facts will make your skin crawl about as much as the creepy crawlies themselves!
Crickets detect sound through their legs
Unlike most living things, a cricket’s ears are located on its front legs just below the knees. Sound can pass through a cricket’s entire body because the openings in its legs lead into chambers that connect to either side of its body. This helps the bug determine what direction sounds are coming from simply by turning one way or another.
Butterflies can smell each other from miles away
Aside from their bright, vibrant colors, butterflies also release chemical signals like pheromones to lure in potential mates. In fact, male butterflies can detect some female pheromones from 10 miles away! “During the first stages of finding a partner, males optimistically chase after almost any small, moving object. This includes leaves, bees, and butterflies of any species – of either sex,” said Dr. Alberto Zilli, curator at the Natural History Museum in London, England. “When they get closer, they can start working out if they’ve found the right match, by judging colors, pheromones, and behavior.”
A caterpillar has more muscles than a human
The human body has more than 650 skeletal muscles and some figures go up to 840 depending on how experts count the muscles within a complex muscle. But caterpillars have a whopping 4,000 muscles with 248 muscles just in their head alone. They need a lot of muscles to help push blood from their rear segments into their front segments to elongate the torso and move them along. Make sure you know the 15 sneaky signs your home is about to be infested with bugs and pests!