Misconceptions about Bugs

It is a common myth that an earthworm becomes two worms when cut in half. When most earthworms are bisected, only the front half of the worm (where the mouth is located) can survive, while the other half dies.

Houseflies do not have an average lifespan of 24 hours. The average lifespan of a housefly is 20 to 30 days.However, a housefly maggot will hatch within 24 hours of being laid.

According to urban myth, the daddy longlegs spider is the most venomous spider in the world, but the shape of their mandibles leaves them unable to bite humans, rendering them harmless to our species. In reality, they can indeed pierce human skin, though the tiny amount of venom they carry causes only a mild burning sensation for a few seconds.[

The flight mechanism and aerodynamics of the bumblebee are well understood, in spite of the urban legend that calculations show that they should not be able to fly. In fact, an entomologist in the 1930s proposed the hypothesis based on flawed data.

Tomorrow, Misconceptions about Washington, the Revolution and the Constitution     Rita Bay

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