For most micro bugs, there is no such thing as an actual shortage of homes and housing. Most of them are willing and capable of setting up their homes in the very strangest places—unfortunately that includes us.
At a recent Entomological Society of America meeting, experts were we asked about the places that these tiny bugs with like to call home. In fact, there are some recent articles that describe the 500 bugs that are probably living in your home right now.
As an example, we have horse bot fly that is a very dangerous insect whose larvae typically infests the tummy of a poor horse. These little creatures attach themselves to stomach linings with hooks in their mouths as they wait to be passed on through the digestive tract of the horse.
“It’s a really serious vet problem,” which causes awful problems that are painful such as loose teeth, ulcers, and colic, claims society president Susan Weller, who happens to be an entomologist from the University of Minnesota.
Alcon Blue Butterflies
The caterpillars that hatch these beautiful little butterflies are actually the cuckoos of insects, as they sneak into the nest of other species, where they freeload on innocent strangers.
There are many caterpillars in this Lycaenidae family that like to invade various nests by pretending to be merely ant larvae.
“They trick ants into thinking they’re one of them and they chow down” by munching on the little baby ants up to the point that these caterpillars themselves pupate, says Felix Sperling, who is another entomologist from the University of Alberta. It seems that these interlopers get a free meal in addition to a secure place to become adults.
There are even some species, such as the Alcon blue caterpillar, that enter Myrmica the nests of ants where they secrete a sweet, enticing liquid that cause ants to feed these caterpillars before feeding their own young larvae.
And then “there are bugs that live inside bugs that live inside bugs,” states Judie Bronstein, who is an ecologist from the University of Arizona.
A hyperparasite is actually a type of parasite that becomes a victim of another parasite.
There is the cabbage white butterfly caterpillar that is parasitized by actually two types of wasps, which are parasitized themselves by another totally different wasp.
It is a fact fish cannot survive in the Mono Lake located in California because of a salt content that is 2 to 3 times more than what is in the oceans. But for the algae-eating alkalai fly who live there – it is home.
These bodies of these flies contain tiny hairs that create air bubbles around that allow them to stay under water for as long as 15 minutes. As it turns out, there are Larval flies that create lime glands that processes high carbonate levels from the lake. The females actually walk right into the lake to attach eggs to existing algae mats or even inside pumice rock crevices.
Because there is little life around lake because of the high salinity content, these flies have become vital prey for local birds.
Eyelash Mites Having Sex on Your Face
Demodex mites, yes it is actually true, are truly born, mate, and then die—right on our own face and eyelashes.
According to research from North Carolina University, every single study subject that was examined had at least one type of these mites on their faces, which were feeding on their hair oils. The good news is that these little arachnids are not harmful at all—except maybe in your thoughts.