Did you know...
If you've had the pleasure of flicking on a kitchen light and watching cockroaches flee, you already know they're fast runners. But do you know how fast? At full speed, an American cockroach can cover the ground at a rate of 50 body lengths per second, or the equivalent of approximately 320 kilometers per hour. That's almost 10 times the fastest speed clocked by Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt. Remarkably, a cockroach runs on just two legs, lifting its body at a slight angle and propelling itself forward on its stronger hind legs.
Credit: Bugs Rule! An Introduction to the World of Insects, by Whitney Cranshaw and Richard Redak
Up for a challenge? Take a shot at identifying this unnamed insect. I'll give you a week before I post the answer. When you think you have the answer, please submit it in the comments below, and come back next Wednesday for another "bug" to ID.
Last week's photo was the argus tortoise beetle (Chelymorpha cassidea), definitely a tough one to ID to species from just one photo. Nicholas identified the correct subfamily (Cassidinae).
Photo: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
Longtime readers of my site already know that I am a skeptic when it comes to the subject of brown recluse bites. I regularly receive emails and blog comments from people who insist I am wrong. Many claim they've been bitten (sometimes several times) by a brown recluse spider and nearly died, or spent a year unable to get out of bed, or have the hideous scars to prove it.
After a few readers recently shared links to news reports about an alleged death in Florida from a brown recluse spider bite, I decided to respond in the form of an article about Ronald Reese's case.