10 Cool Critters at New Orleans’ Audubon Insectarium

Despite their creepy, crawly reputation, insects are awesome creatures. New Orleans has an entire building dedicated bugs. Here are some fun facts about 10 of the coolest critters at the Audubon Insectarium.

Blue Morpho ButterflyBlue Morpho Butterfly
Despite their blue iridescent coloring, Blue Morpho Butterflies disappear completely in their environment when their wings are closed.



Honey BeeHoney Bee
Honey Bees huddle for warmth during winter to regulate the internal temperature of the hive at a consistent 93 degrees, regardless of the temperature outside.  Queens have a lifespan of 3 years while worker bees only live for about 6 weeks.


Pink KatydidPink Katydid
Pink Katydids get their color from genetics rather than gender, age, or environment.



thorny_devil_stick_insectThorny Devil Stick Insect
Thanks to its superior camouflage, the Thorny Devil Stick Insect can sit out in the open and remain unseen.



white-eyed_assasin_bugWhite-eyed Assassin Bug
When manhandled, White-eyed Assassins deliver a bite more painful than a bee sting. They are fast and stealthy, sneaking up on their insect prey to deliver quick paralyzing blows, hence their assassin reputation.


leaf_cutter_antLeaf Cutter Ant
Leaf Cutter Ants grow their own food, using leaves as fodder to produce fungus that only survives within their nest.



dragon_headed_katydidDragon Headed Katydid
These omnivores hail from Southeast Asia and feed on other insects, fruits, and veggies.



formosan_termiteFormosan Subterranean Termite
Originally from southern China to Taiwan, Formosan Termites are now the most aggressive timber pests in the Southwestern and Gulf Coast regions of the United States. Termite Queens have a remarkable lifespan of 15-30 years.


sunburst_diving_beetleSunburst Diving Beetle
Sunburst Diving Beetles have black bodies with yellow spots that make them look like miniature turtles under water.



dung_beetleDung Beetle
Dung Beetles play an important role in disease prevention; they reduce fecal matter in the environment thereby reducing the number of disease carrying pests.


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