The Insect World

(Good afternoon Mrs. M. and fellow classmates.)

  The insect world is made up of many wonderful and interesting creatures.  For example, did you know that a fly can beat its wings up to 200 times each second? Or, that there are more than 2,400 species of mosquito?

Bugs exist on land, in the air and in the water.  Since there are too many types of bugs to discuss, I have chosen to discuss one bug from each of these areas.

The scorpion is a land dwelling bug.  It has large claws and its body is covered with a tough coating.  It has a tail with a large poison sac and a stinger at the end.  Scorpions are usually out-and-about at night.  They are very sensitive to movement, if they sense you, they will hide.  Scorpions will pick up any type of vibration, especially if it is something they can eat.  If you disturb a scorpion, it will hold out its pincers and curve its tail over its back—ready to stab you!  A scorpion sting is very painful and can sometimes be deadly! The victim should go to the Doctor immediately. Scorpions live in either a desert or a rain forest.  Scorpions are well suited for desert life because they can last for months without a drink of water. 

The locust is a close relative of the peaceful grasshopper.  These frightening insects are normally found in warm parts of the World.  Normally locusts live on their own, but if the conditions are right, they breed quickly and then fly-off in huge swarms. 

A swarm of locusts probably has more creatures than the whole human population of our planet. Swarms of locusts can destroy many fields of crops.   

One single locust can digest its own weight every day!  Locusts have been known to travel 5,600 kilometers over an ocean—that’s quite a journey!

The leech is a water dwelling bug.  It is a close relative of the earthworm.  Leeches live in ponds, rivers and streams.  They are excellent swimmers.  Leeches move by stretching their body forward or backward.  Leeches have two suckers, one in the front and one in the back.  They use their suckers to stick on to fish or other water creatures.  Leeches love swallowing worms whole. When eating insects or snails, leeches will usually suck out their entire inside for a tasty treat! Leeches have three sets of tiny, sharp teeth that are used to push through their victim’s skin.  A leech will keep sucking blood until it is full. Leeches are used to help doctors because they have a substance in their spit that stops blood clots.

I hope that you have enjoyed this speech about the wonderful world of bugs and that you will look a little closer next time you see something crawling on the sidewalk.

 

Thank You.

Jonathan G.

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