Insects eat a variety of foods that include plants, nectar, seeds and grass. Ants and cockroaches are known to feed on human food and drinks, such as soda, cookie crumbs, crackers and milk. Termites feed on wood, and mosquitoes feed on blood.
In warmer climates, many home and building owners experience infestations of both ants and cockroaches. These insects enter homes and buildings through tiny cracks and holes in their foundations and are typically searching for water and food. Cockroaches and ants multiply quickly, and it can be quite difficult to remove them without the help of a professional exterminator.
According to an estimate made by scientist Erik J. Van Nieukerken, there are approximately 1,017,018 species of insects in the world. The largest insect known to man is the South American longhorn beetle. It is approximately 25 centimeters in length.
While it is a common belief that all insects are referred to as "bugs," there is a difference between the two terms. True bugs have a straw shaped mouth called a stylet. The stylet is used to puncture plant stems and flowers to easily suck out the juice and nectar. True bug species include stink bugs, potato bugs, boxelder bugs and milkweed bugs.Learn More
Several animals on the African savannah work together to ensure survival, including baboons with impalas, zebras with wildebeests, oxpeckers with large animals and cattle egrets with buffaloes. Hyenas work together to hunt in packs for the mutual survival of the group, and lionesses hunt in much the same manner as they attempt to bring down zebras, gazelles and wildebeest.Full Answer >
Nineteen of the 20 species of armadillo are native to Latin America, with the other species, the nine-banded armadillo, being native to the United States. Armadillos are considered a threatened species as of 2014.Full Answer >
There are two sets of muscles that help annelids move. One expands, and the other contracts the body. Annelids alternate the use of these muscles to achieve locomotion.Full Answer >
Primary consumers feed solely on plants.Their food consists of leaves, grasses, fungus, flowering shrubs and other hedging plants. In the food chain, plants are the producers that are fed on by herbivores. Examples of primary consumers are cows, goats, antelopes, rabbits, giraffes and zebra.Full Answer >