Insects: Adorable and interesting!

Untitled by Ryan Hodnett and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Image credit: Untitled by Ryan Hodnett and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

With over 1 million described species, insects are one of the most diverse groups of animals on earth. Estimates for total living species are around 5-6 million, but we don’t know how many there really are yet!

 

“Insect” is not synonymous with “bug”. A true bug is a type of insect in the order Hemiptera that have a long, tube-like mouth called a proboscis or beak.

 

Red Ant by Charlie Stinchcomb and licensed under CC BY 2.0

Image credit: Red Ant by Charlie Stinchcomb and licensed under CC BY 2.0

Ants have the largest brain of any insect. The combined brain cells of a colony of ants have about the same number of brain cells as a human. 

 

An ant can lift 10 to 20 times its own body weight. To equal their strength, a man who weighed 180 pounds would have to lift 1,800 to 3,600 lbs!

 

 

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Teacup pigs typically weigh between 45 pounds (20 kg) and 200 pounds (91 kg) for males, and between 45 pounds (20 kg) and 200 pounds (91 kg) for females.

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Info source: Miniature pig. (2014, August 7). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 02:40, August 18, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Miniature_pig&oldid=620248432

Image source: Meet Puddle – only teacup pig I ever met by Vjeran Pavic and licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 

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What is a Bassador dog?

A Bassador dog is a type of dog that is a cross between the Basset Hound and the Labrador Retriever. They are typically 15-18″ tall and weigh between 50-70 lbs. They are not a recognized breed. Instead, they are what’s known as a designer dog. The primary identifying mark of a designer dog is that the resulting puppies are called by a portmanteau word made up of syllables from the names of the two purebred parents, such as Schnoodle(Schnauzer and poodle cross) [Source]

 

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What is a bidet?

A bidet (US /bɨˈdeɪ/ or UK /ˈbiːdeɪ/) is a plumbing fixture or type of sink intended for washing humans… sensitive areas. It apparently also makes a great place to wash your piglet.

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What is a spitz type dog?

Spitz-type dogs (the correct German plural is Spitze, though spitzes is commonly used in English) are a type of dog characterized by long, thick, and often white fur, and pointed ears and muzzles. The tail often curls over the dog’s back or droops. Some of the breeds it includes are:

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