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here are some of my favorite insects!


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Tarantuala Hawk Wasp:

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When this wasp mates, the female will find and capture a tarantula with it's paralyzing stinger. When fully paralyzed, the wasp will drag the tarantula back to it's burrow and lay an egg on it. Within 3-5 days, the egg will hatch and the larva immediately burrows into the still living spider's abdomen. The larva begins to feed on the tarantula for around 3 weeks, then emerges from the spider as a full grown wasp. Tarantula hawks are found in everywhere except Europe and Antartica.

 

Orb Weaver:

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The orb weaver spider's family is huge. More than 2,800 species exist, making it the 3rd largest family of spiders. This spider is a three clawed builder of webs. Like the name implies, they make a circular flat "orb" shaped web. However, some orb weavers do not build webs at all. Instead, they cast out a line made of thick, sticky silk that hangs below their legs. This sticky globule contains a pheromone secrition that lures male moths. These spiders are also known as fishing spiders. Orb weavers are very docile and their bite is harmless to humans. 

 

Dung Beetles:

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There are over 350,000 species of beetles discovered. They make up for around 25% of all animals and 40% of all insect species! Dung beetles are the strongest animal on the planet. The taurus scarab is able to lift 1,141 times it's own body weight. Dung beetles love to eat herbivore droppings because plant matter has more nutritional value than carnivore waste for them. They live on every continent except Antarctica and their habitat ranges from forests to deserts.