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TranceNova
 4 years ago
Fun Fact #59: Meet the ultimate suctionbug (I would say spiderbug, but that's silly!). This little Hemisphaerota cyanea beetle has oversized endofleg sections (tarsi) with 60,000 adhesive bristles, each with two terminal pads. This means that when another bug comes along to eat it the beetle grips the surface that it is on really hard and doesn't let go. The attacker can't drag it away/turn it over so it doesn't get eaten.
TranceNova
 4 years ago
Fun Fact #59: Meet the ultimate suctionbug (I would say spiderbug, but that's silly!). This little Hemisphaerota cyanea beetle has oversized endofleg sections (tarsi) with 60,000 adhesive bristles, each with two terminal pads. This means that when another bug comes along to eat it the beetle grips the surface that it is on really hard and doesn't let go. The attacker can't drag it away/turn it over so it doesn't get eaten.

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TranceNova
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1In an experiment they attached weights to a hanging beetle, it could carry a whole 2g, yeah that might sound small, but this beetle weighs only around 13mg so 2g is over 150 times its body weight! How does it walk with extra sticky feet you ask? Well the bug can control how many of the bristles are contacting with the surface so when walking around they have minimal contact.

TranceNova
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Source: http://www.pnas.org/content/97/12/6568.full Hmm getting a bit behind on my fun facting aren't I? Ah well more to come :)

TranceNova
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Previous (Web Stealing Spiders): http://openstudy.com/users/trancenova/updates/4e9ac24b0b8ba77642ad0c3d

bigbirdjonny65
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0can someone please help me answer my question?

TranceNova
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1hey bigbird, sorry I would have answered it but I don't know the answer..

bigbirdjonny65
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0:( oh ok. you a student?

TranceNova
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1yep, I'll go grab one of my books and see if that says :)

bigbirdjonny65
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0thanks you from australia?

pratu043
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Even ants can carry around 300 times their body weight right? They are one of the strongest insects.

TranceNova
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Yeah, ants are strong bugs lol, though I doubt they can hang on that well!
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