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___ are often depicted as vile and dirty pests. Their size, long antennae, shiny appearance and spiny legs make them disgusting to many humans.
___ are external parasites, living by hematophagy off the blood of mammals and birds.
Their name may be related to the old wives' tale that ___ burrowed into the brains of humans through the ear and laid their eggs there.
Their venom is believed to be the most toxic insect venom in the world.
___ derive their name from their tendency to eject a foul smelling glandular substance secreted from pores in the thorax when disturbed.
___ mostly feed on dead plant material, generally in the form of wood...and can cause serious structural damage to buildings.
___ are the larva of a fly (order Diptera).
In the United States ___ are sought out as a hobby similar to birding and butterflying, known as oding.
They are winged beetles, and commonly called ___ or lightning bugs for their conspicuous crepuscular use of bioluminescence to attract mates or prey.
The English common name for any species in the order is 'praying ___' because of the typical 'prayer-like' posture with folded fore-limbs.
___ are perhaps the best known of all North American butterflies.
Unlike members of other woodlouse families, members of this family can roll into a ball.
The females of many species of ___ are blood eating pests. In feeding on blood, some of them transmit extremely harmful human and livestock diseases, such as malaria.
Despite their name, ___ can have a varying number of legs from under 20 to over 300.
___ feed partly or exclusively on feces.... They are currently the only animal, other than humans, known to navigate and orient themselves using the Milky Way.
___ are stout-bodied beetles, many with bright metallic colors, measuring between 1.5 and 160 mm.
___ are male honey bees. They develop from eggs that have not been fertilized, and they cannot sting.
___ have a pair of fleshy 'horns' at either end, and these, like much of the body, bear urticating hairs that secrete an irritating venom. Stings can be very painful.
Male___ have loud noisemakers called 'tymbals' on the sides of the abdominal base. The interior of the male abdomen is substantially hollow to amplify the resonance of the sound.
Many ___ are commonly mistaken for bees.
___ are anatomically built to transfer their weight to be able to run on top of the water's surface.
Bodies of some species are covered in mossy or lichenous outgrowths that supplement their disguise.
___ prefer dead, damp wood in which to build nests. They do not consume it, however, unlike termites.
Their gut contains potent digestive enzymes that persist in their feces and are major inducers of allergic reactions such as wheezing.
___ attack cotton crops. They lay their eggs inside cotton bolls, and the young ___ eat their way out.
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