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.
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.
White-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.
Formosan 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.