is a Bug?
Almost everybody thinks that all insects are bugs.
To an entomologist, a "bug" is only
one of the 35,000 or so species of the order Hemiptera.
Hemiptera means "half wing" and is the
only true bug, although the name "bug"
is loosely applied to most small insect-like creatures.
Some examples you might be familiar with are the
boxelder bug, milkweed bug, assassin bug, and
stink bug. Hemipterans are the only insects correctly
identifiable as bugs. Members of the Order Hemiptera
are characterized by their sucking mouthparts
which originate from the tip of their head. True
bugs have a stylet (a mouth shaped like a straw)
that they use to suck plant juices from plants.
The assassin bugs use their stylets to suck blood
from other insects. Their forewings also have
thick bases and membranous tips, as a unique characteristic.
The hind wings are usually clear and tucked underneath
the front wings.
How Far can Insects Fly?
Lady butterflies (Vanessa Cardui) that migrate
from Africa to England must travel over 3,000
miles to accomplish their task. It is said that
the Painted Lady butterfly may be the most widespread
butterfly in the entire world. If you are looking
to have Painted Lady butterflies fill your home
or office permanently then try our electronic
moving butterflies for a longer lasting effect.
They are so realistic that everyone will think
your indoor display is made up of live butterflies!
We also offer Painted Lady butterflies (Vanessa
Cardui) available for butterfly releases at weddings
and special events. Please make your reservations
is the Insect Longest Migration?
The longest migration for an insect goes to the
Desert Locust (Schistocerca gregaria) who travels
about 2800 miles yearly.
Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) migrate
over 2000 miles as they fly from Canada to central
Mexico every fall. Monarch butterflies
(Danaus plexippus) can fly over 1000 km without
stopping. Monarchs are very popular as collector
items and are now available framed or as electronic
moving butterflies. They are also perfect for
butterfly releases! Shine a new light on any wedding
and special occasion and create a memory that
will last a lifetime!