Okay, I have to ask: What do botflies contribute to nature? You know, aside from being pants-shittingly horrifying.
Parasites go hand-in-hand with predators and diseases to maintain the natural balance of things. Without them, there’d be population explosions of their hosts and prey, which in the long run, would be even more harmful than the parasites could ever be. It’s not pretty, but we need deadly, sickening and even painful organisms to make sure sure species don’t overcrowd, use up too many resources, or stagnate their gene pool.
Also, keep in mind, even host animals like rabbits and squirrels are destroying life to survive as well. Plants, and insects they accidentally ingest, and rival species who they compete with for food; literally everything, whether parasitic or not, kinda survives at the cost of something else suffering.
Hey bog, I have recently come into possession of a lovely family of what appear to be very common aquatic snails, courtesy of my roommates, who originally bought the parent(?) to clean a fishbowl and became grossed out when it started producing more offspring. The parent is about the size of a nickel, the babies are still very very small. What should I do to house and feed these guys?
They’re so easy to care for that you’ll find a lot of in-depth advice on how to get RID of them from a fishtank, because that’s way harder!
So, give them any old container of water, and add some aquatic plants available from any petstore. Put it near sun if you want algae to grow, which will also give them a steady food source.
They will probably continue to multiply though!
So, I'm almost 100% certain I have bedbugs right now, but I can't find any of them except for this one that was on my wall when I woke up one morning. Unfortunately, I didn't get a very good look at it because, since I had just woken up, I wasn't thinking clearly and had squashed it before I could take a picture or catch it or something. After I killed it, it exploded into blood, and I don't think bugs have blood. My question is how can I confirm that I have bedbugs and how do I get rid of them?
They look like this, and as for getting rid of them….oh boy.
Brace yourself, there are people who battle them for years and half the time they’re forced to just move, and leave behind almost all of their possessions : [
Harsh pesticides made them almost invulnerable, coupled with the violent way they have sex, which weeds out all but the healthiest individuals with the toughest immune systems.
So I have this game Idea that involves a robot saving his professor in the apocalypse, but the question here isn't about that,I have an idea for a level in which Human sized flame-throwing female wasps gain sapience from mutagens and gene-splicing and decide to form a matriarchy and take revenge on their cruel Scientist creators. So what sort of behaviours/personalities would female wasps have if they were somewhat sapient is my question here really, just want to hear what you have to say
A big thing that unites most wasps are the violent extremes they go to for the safety of their young. Solitary wasps either lay eggs in other creatures, or build protective cases in which they entomb paralyzed prey alongside their larvae.
Social wasps, meanwhile, work together as an almost all-female family to nurture the larvae - feeding them the pre-chewed remains of slaughtered insects - and of course, sting anything that messes with them.
Sapient wasp ladies would probably be motherly - and sisterly - to violent, psychotic extremes.
if the national animal of your country was to be changed from the bald eagle to an arthropod, what arthropod would you pick?
What else could better symbolize America than the fire ant, a venomous and aggressive species that showed up on this continent unintentionally and proceeded to displace most of the native life wherever it spread?
i was thinking if i decided to get a praying matnis as a pet, what species would you sugests. And do you have any tips on how to care for one?
Most species don’t live long (less than a year) but will be quite happy in any large container with sticks and leaves to climb on. You can feed them crickets from any pet store!
Why are bugs/insects more attracted to me than people around me? An ex would be I remember sleeping at a hotel and sharing a bed with my sister, woke up with like 12 bed bug bites and she woke up with like 1 or 2??
Many different reasons! Everyone has a unique metabolism and body odor, and bloodsucking animals tend to go by smell, especially picking up your breath.
Some people are naturally more attractive than others, and medications, perfumes, shampoos, deodorants and even the things you eat may make you more of a beacon.
There’s a common myth that eating bananas makes mosquitoes more attracted to you, while garlic repels them. So far there’s no hard evidence one way or the other.
Is there any particular reason why a number of beetles (particularly species such as those of the genus Dynastes) are particularly large compared to a number of other living insects?
Their behavior of wrestling over mates may have evolved first, so being bigger, heavier and stronger than the other males immediately became desirable to passing down genetic information and they’ve been in a race for bulk ever since.
Many individuals come out TOO large, however, to the point where they are awkward and actually defeated more easily by slightly smaller, lighter males if they don’t just get snapped up by a predator, so a balance is found.
Is it feasible to raise a single hissing cockroach? If so, how big should the terrarium be?
It’d be happy in a tupperware container with a couple of air holes, dirt and dead leaves, even, so anything you have will do. A single hissing cockroach raised from a nymph can live from two to seven years!
Sometimes I see a cockroach with what looks like a red tail poking out its bottom... Is it laying an egg or is it a penis? What is it?
That’s the ootheca, it’s an egg case containing dozens of young! Some species will eventually plant it somewhere safe, while others carry it around at all times and extrude it every so often to give it air!