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10 Insects You Probably Don't Know Their Names. by ListCube: 3:17pm On Nov 09, 2019
10 Insects You Probably Don't Know Their Names.

Ever seen an insect and thought to yourself or ask someone, 'what insect is this'? Or you got hell scared if what you saw is harmful or not?
Well, here on ListCube, we bring to you 10 insects you may have seen but probably didn't know their names.


1. Sun Beetle


Growing up, schooling in Lagos, this beetle was commonly called Alabombom. The botanical name is Pachnoda Marginata.
The beetle is very popular amongst public secondary school students. This is because they feed primarily on fruits, and these schools usually have almond and mango trees within their premises. The sun beetle can be easily kept as a pet. Then, we would tie a thread like rope on its thorax and fly them over our heads just like a kite. Unfortunately, they don't usually last long as sometimes the rope gets loosened and they make an escape or they die of hunger due to ignorance of what to feed them with. They can live up to five months when properly cared for. So when next you want to get a pet for your little loved ones, you might want to consider the sun beetle. At least they wouldn't die of hunger this time as you now know what to feed them with. However, be warned, their frass (excreta) don't exactly smell anything close to freshly baked cookies.

Re: 10 Insects You Probably Don't Know Their Names. by ListCube: 3:18pm On Nov 09, 2019
2. Earwig

You must have seen this insect and screamed "Scorpion! Run!" Well, sorry to burst your bubble, they aren't scorpions but earwigs. They are nocturnal insects, active mostly at nights. Don't be fooled by their forceps or pincers dangling down its abdomen, they can't sting with them. It is only used for grasping, they are not venomous, hence they are not dangerous.

Re: 10 Insects You Probably Don't Know Their Names. by ListCube: 3:18pm On Nov 09, 2019
3. Moth fly

Moth flies can be very annoying and disturbing. They are also known as drain flies, sink flies, filter flies or sewer gnats. Oftentimes, they are found in damp areas like walls of toilets/bathrooms, drainage pipes, gutters or around sewer tanks. They breed by laying eggs on water, especially stagnant water. The most effective way of getting rid of them is by ensuring the aforementioned surroundings are always neat and also ensure there are no stagnant waters around your home. They are non-biting insects.

Re: 10 Insects You Probably Don't Know Their Names. by ListCube: 3:33pm On Nov 09, 2019
4. Dragon fly.

They are the fastest flying insect in the world. They are characterized by large eyes and clear wings that spread when perched and are commonly found hanging around plants close to rivers, streams and lakes, this is because they breed around them. Dragon flies feed mostly on insects smaller than them, especially mosquitoes. They in turn are prey insects for birds, frogs and fishes. It should be noted that they should not be confused with the next insect you are about to see.

Re: 10 Insects You Probably Don't Know Their Names. by ListCube: 3:33pm On Nov 09, 2019
5. Damsel fly.

Like earlier stated, damsel fly should not be confused with dragon fly. They may seem alike and related but are different. I never knew this until recently. I usually see dragon flies in the stream in my hometown, so the first time I saw a damsel fly in the city, I knew it didn't look like a dragon fly but concluded it might be another specie of it. The major difference between dragon fly and damsel fly is that the latter is smaller, slimmer and their wings stand upright when they are perched. However, they share same habitat and nutrition with the dragon fly.

Re: 10 Insects You Probably Don't Know Their Names. by ListCube: 3:38pm On Nov 09, 2019
6. African black beetle.

Black beetles are a common specie of beetles. This particular one is known as the African black beetle (Heteronychus Arator). They are characterized by a very thick coat. They are not harmful at home but can cause devastating damages to farm crops. They source for their food mostly at nights.

Re: 10 Insects You Probably Don't Know Their Names. by ListCube: 3:38pm On Nov 09, 2019
7. Firefly.

Owl City's song 'fireflies' comes to mind here. They are also known as lightening bugs. You must have definitely seen this insect. They glow in the fields or bushes at night. There are many species of fireflies and not all of them can produce light. The males who produce light use it to attract females while they generally use it to ward off predators that they aren't tasty to eat. They feed on nectar. Scientists are greatly worried that these insects are disappearing and are on a voyage of discovering what is causing its disappearance. Fireflies can make good pets although they have a very short lifespan.

Re: 10 Insects You Probably Don't Know Their Names. by ListCube: 3:43pm On Nov 09, 2019
8. Ensign wasp.

It took some deep research before I could get the name of this insect. They are also called nightshade wasps or hatchet wasps. Ensign wasps are a specie of wasps found most times at homes. The first time I saw one, I freaked out thinking I was going to get stung by it due to a sting like appendage under its abdomen. The good news is that these insects are not harmful to humans. Rather, they are helpful because they are a parasite to cockroaches. They lay their eggs on cockroaches' egg-case and the wasp larvae feeds on the cockroaches' eggs. So whenever you come across one, just let it be.

Re: 10 Insects You Probably Don't Know Their Names. by ListCube: 3:43pm On Nov 09, 2019
9. Rove beetle (Paederus)

Ah! This one is a well-known terror in secondary schools and universities. Called papa, electric ant, skirt and blouse and a host of many other names in Nigeria. According to Wikipedia, Paederus is a genus of small beetles of the family Staphylinidae ("rove beetles"wink. If you were never 'bitten' by one you must be lucky, I was one of the lucky few. Did I just say bite? Well, rove beetles don't actually bite per se. What happens is that when they perch or crawl up on your body, if crushed against your skin, they produce pederin which causes skin irritation and once you scratch that spot, it becomes worse.

Re: 10 Insects You Probably Don't Know Their Names. by ListCube: 3:46pm On Nov 09, 2019
10. Antlion.



Antlions are found in sand beaches or anywhere smooth sandy soil is found where they bore holes and live inside. Just like sun beetles, they are also very popular amongst public school students. Back then, we dug them out and played a game with it.
The most interesting part of this insect is that the picture up there is actually its larvae. Surprising, isn't it? This is what an adult antlion looks like.

Re: 10 Insects You Probably Don't Know Their Names. by ListCube: 3:46pm On Nov 09, 2019
Adult antlion.

Re: 10 Insects You Probably Don't Know Their Names. by ListCube: 3:57pm On Nov 09, 2019
https://listcube./2019/07/ever-seen-insect-and-thought-to.html?m=1


Mynd44, pls this is front page worthy.


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Re: 10 Insects You Probably Don't Know Their Names. by EmmaFantastic(m): 5:09pm On Nov 09, 2019
Fantastic! This is very educative and quite enlightening. Nice one brother.
Re: 10 Insects You Probably Don't Know Their Names. by prettyangel10(f): 6:47pm On Nov 09, 2019
Wow, interesting read. We refer to that number one as lady bird tho. And that antilon, we call it kuluso. Never knew it is the larvae. Thanks OP.
Re: 10 Insects You Probably Don't Know Their Names. by Kutiang: 11:50am On Nov 11, 2019
Wow! Really nice piece. Didn't know that number 1 and 8.

Seun and mods, is this not educative enough for front page?
Re: 10 Insects You Probably Don't Know Their Names. by ListCube: 11:14am On Dec 04, 2019
Re: 10 Insects You Probably Don't Know Their Names. by NickyB: 8:25am On Jan 08, 2020
Kutiang:
Wow! Really nice piece. Didn't know that number 1 and 8.

Seun and mods, is this not educative enough for front page?

It's educative indeed, I'm glad that I stumbled upon this article and I would like to see more of this. I would add that moth flies and drain gnats can't harm you directly because they are too small to bite human skin, then can be very annoying as mosquitos. Moreover, they can transfer diseases and that's not what you want. And if you have trouble with those gnats then I would recommend checking this article https://pestcontrolhacks.com/how-to-get-rid-of-gnats-using-simple-and-quick-approaches/. Stay safe!

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