Clues for: Insects

Question Answer Value Airdate
When placed on its back, the click family of this insect jumps into the air to right itself, making a click sound a beetle 200 July 26, 2006
A familiar sight on summer evenings east of the Rockies is the Photinus pyralis, a species of this a firefly 400 July 26, 2006
Some species of thrips are the only known animals that can reproduce by both bearing live young & doing this laying eggs 600 July 26, 2006
Just like chickens, insects have this 4-letter pouch where food is stored & partially digested a crop 800 July 26, 2006
A long-horned grasshopper gets this name from the love call produced by rubbing its two front wings together the katydid 1000 July 26, 2006
The evocatively named sticktight is one of these pet-tormenting parasites a flea 200 March 24, 2006
The Colorado type of this plentiful insect is the terror of potato growers the potato beetle 400 March 24, 2006
The Viceroy butterfly does its best to look like this bad-tasting butterfly the monarch 600 March 24, 2006
Some solitary ones make their nests out of mud; social ones, usually from paper wasps 800 March 24, 2006
A mosquito at this life stage is called a wriggler a larva March 24, 2006
Almost all insects have 2 of these between their eyes to feel & to smell antennae 200 November 26, 2003
Cellulose eaten by certain families of this insect is digested by intestine-dwelling protozoans termites 400 November 26, 2003
As the name suggests, insects in the order Diptera have 2 of these wings 600 November 26, 2003
Some butterflies do not feed on anything; instead, they live off food stored during this stage of metamorphosis larval 800 November 26, 2003
A maggot is a fly in this stage of metamorphosis larva 200 February 11, 2003
The eggs of the Anopheles genus of this insect can float on the surface of ponds mosquito 400 February 11, 2003
This pious carnivore's name is from the Greek for "prophet" or "seer" praying mantis 600 February 11, 2003
The coat of this "hairy ursine" caterpillar of tiger moths is said to forecast the severity of the coming winter woolly bear 800 February 11, 2003
This citrus pest was discovered in Florida in 1929; in the 1980s it reappeared in both Florida & California Mediterranean fruit fly 1000 February 11, 2003
Schaus' Swallowtail, a species of this insect, is at risk due to pesticide use to control mosquitoes a butterfly 200 July 18, 2002
Although there are about 2,000 species of these "white ants", only 2 live in Europe termites 400 July 18, 2002
Due to their long snouts, these cotton destroyers are sometimes called snout beetles boll weevils 600 July 18, 2002
A giant species of this "100-legged" insect grows to 12 inches in length & eats lizards a centipede 800 July 18, 2002
Just like chickens, some insects have this muscular organ in the digestive tract to grind food a gizzard 1000 July 18, 2002
Also a classic Volkswagen, it's the insect with the greatest number of species Beetle 100 February 16, 2001
Due to where mosquitos lay eggs, the "mosquito" species of this creature feeds on their larvae Fish 200 February 16, 2001
The American F/A-18 fighter plane, or a paper-making wasp Hornet 300 February 16, 2001
Shakira sings of "Moscas en la Casa", these in the house flies 400 February 16, 2001
The cells bees make for workers, males & queens are different in size, but all are this shape Hexagonal 500 February 16, 2001
There may be thousands of ommatidia, light-sensitive units, in an insect's compound one of these Eyes 100 October 12, 2000
It's said that in Asia, people learned how to make this by watching wasps Paper 200 October 12, 2000
Scientists take an EAG, an electroantennogram, to measure how a moth's antennae nerves pick up these sex odors Pheromones 300 October 12, 2000
As most insects don't need to transport oxygen in their blood, they lack this protein that makes blood red Hemoglobin 400 October 12, 2000
The whirligig beetle is one of the fastest insects at this activity; it can go 40 inches per second Swimming 500 October 12, 2000
The female cockroach has a packing case for these & carries it until she finds a good spot for them her eggs 100 March 29, 1999
Of its nose, tongue or feet, it's where a fly has its "taste buds" feet 200 March 29, 1999
When handled, these jumpers spit a brown liquid some call "tobacco juice" grasshoppers 300 March 29, 1999
The chigoe, or chigger, is also known as the sand type of this pest flea 500 March 29, 1999
These long-snouted pests may attack shrubs & berries, but the boll type concentrates on cotton weevils March 29, 1999
The May beetle is also called this, perhaps when it shows up a few weeks late Junebug 100 March 24, 1999
The katydid is also called the long-horned (meaning long-antennaed) one of these Grasshopper 200 March 24, 1999
Its shape allows it to hide among twigs Walking stick 300 March 24, 1999
This fly that you might find "in distress" resembles a dragonfly but folds its wings back at rest Damselfly 400 March 24, 1999
Because of its colors the butterfly seen here is named after this beast(orange & black colors) Tiger butterfly 500 March 24, 1999
This large black & yellow bee can often be found at higher altitudes than other bees Bumblebee 100 June 5, 1997
One type of this insect can tell you the temperature; add 40 to the number of chirps in 15 seconds Cricket 200 June 5, 1997
Species of this insect include ctenocephalides canis & ctenocephalides felis Flea 300 June 5, 1997
The many stag species of this insect get their name from the males' jaws, which resemble antlers Beetles 400 June 5, 1997
Ants can communicate by releasing these chemicals from glands located throughout the body pheromones 500 June 5, 1997
This "praying" insect is the only insect that can turn its head from side to side the praying mantis 100 October 27, 1995
The pyralis is a common North American species of this insect also called a lightning bug a firefly 200 October 27, 1995
The dog & cat are 2 of the most common types of this parasitic insect fleas 300 October 27, 1995
Boric acid powder is used to combat these household pests of the order Blattaria cockroaches 400 October 27, 1995
This larval stage of a beetle is usually pale in color the grub 500 October 27, 1995
Sara orangetip, which has orange-tipped wings, is a type of this beautiful insect a butterfly 100 July 13, 1995
Of the aphid, the flea or the black widow spider, the one that doesn't belong in the category a spider 200 July 13, 1995
Insects are poikilothermic, which is a synonym for this cold-blooded 300 July 13, 1995
Wireworms are the slender larvae of the "click" type of this insect the beetle 400 July 13, 1995
These African flies transmit the trypanosomes that cause souma, a disease of ruminants a tsetse fly 500 July 13, 1995
One of the biblical plagues brought upon Egypt was swarms of these cricket-like insects locusts 100 April 27, 1995
The only function of this stingless male honeybee is to mate with the queen drone 200 April 27, 1995
Nagona, an infectious disease that affects horses & cattle, is transmitted by these African flies tsetse flies 300 April 27, 1995
This "pious" predator not only feeds on its own kind, it also eats small tree frogs praying mantis 400 April 27, 1995
The plant louse is a type of this tiny garden pest aphid 500 April 27, 1995
Insects of the order embioptera aren't spiders, but they still spin these webs 100 January 11, 1994
The wooly-bear caterpillar grows up to be one of these a moth 200 January 11, 1994
Worker bees have "baskets" on their hind legs to carry this; cuckoo bees don't pollen 300 January 11, 1994
The bald-faced type of this stinging insect builds oval paper nests wasps 400 January 11, 1994
It's the larva of a beetle, or a synonym for chow grub 500 January 11, 1994
Some species of this insect obtain their cellulose from grass & humus in the soil rather than from wood termites 100 June 18, 1993
The chief insect carriers of encephalitis are the Culex & Aedes types of this insect mosquitoes 200 June 18, 1993
These 2 insects make up the order Lepidoptera, the second largest order of insects moths & butterflies 300 June 18, 1993
June, Japanese & dung are types of this insect, from its scarab family beetles 400 June 18, 1993
Pediculus capitis, a species of this blood-eating insect, lays its eggs on the hair of humans & other mammals lice 500 June 18, 1993
Temperature can be estimated by adding 40 to the number of this insect's chirps in a 15-second period a cricket 100 December 10, 1992
Many of these insects in the genus Aedes are carriers of yellow fever a mosquito 200 December 10, 1992
Although the female of the gypsy species of this insect has wings, it cannot fly a moth 300 December 10, 1992
Solitary types of this insect include cuckoo, potter & mud dauber a wasp 400 December 10, 1992
Also called a shad fly or dayfly, it's the only insect to go through a subimago or sub-adult stage the mayfly 500 December 10, 1992
The female of this "religious" species is more deadly than the male; it eats the male after mating a praying mantis 100 July 8, 1992
It's there to protect the pupae of moth caterpillars a cocoon 200 July 8, 1992
Bees convert this to honey in their digestive tracts nectar 300 July 8, 1992
Most species of these are solitary, but the paper ones & yellow jackets are social wasps 400 July 8, 1992
The 17-year locust is actually one of these insects, not a true locust a cicada 500 July 8, 1992
"Circuses" of these insects have been trained to do tricks such as pulling tiny wagons flags 100 January 24, 1992
The largest mound ever built by these "white ants" was estimated to be 28 1/2 feet tall termites 200 January 24, 1992
The greatest number of legs reported for one of these insects is 750 millipede 300 January 24, 1992
In the U.S. the Schaus swallowtail is the rarest species of this insect butterfly 400 January 24, 1992
A wingless insect with 3 taillike appendages, it feeds on wallpaper paste & book bindings silverfish 500 January 24, 1992
These insects are able to digest cellulose because of protozoa in their intestines termites 100 May 10, 1991
Glowworms are the luminescent larvae or the flightless females of some species of these beetles fireflies 200 May 10, 1991
In a 1910 experiment, one of these insects, Pulex irritans, jumped 130 times its own length a (human) flea 300 May 10, 1991
Karl von Frisch won a 1973 Nobel Prize for deciphering the dancing "language" of these insects bees 400 May 10, 1991
The leaf-cutter species of these insects use leaves & flower petals to fertilize their fungus gardens ants 500 May 10, 1991
The lac insect secretes a substance used to make this varnish Shellac/lacquer 100 May 8, 1990
The largest one of these in the world is the Queen Alexandria birdwing, not the monarch Butterfly 200 May 8, 1990
To distinguish termites from ants, look at this feature: an ant has a slim one, like a wasp Waist 300 May 8, 1990
Some insects have 3 of these sense organs, called ocelli, arranged in a triangle on the head Eyes 400 May 8, 1990
Of the 5 senses, it's the 1 a honeybee doesn't have Hearing 500 May 8, 1990
While moths are nocturnal, these close relatives are diurnal, or "day-flyers" butterflies 100 April 13, 1990
They contain tiny insect larvae that jump when exposed to heat Mexican jumping beans 200 April 13, 1990
Stage of a bee's development that falls between larva & adult pupa 300 April 13, 1990
The 2 insects in the title of an Aesop's fable, one hard-working & the other lazy ant & grasshopper 400 April 13, 1990
Also called the looper & measuring worm, it's actually the caterpillar of a moth inchworm 500 April 13, 1990
The Latin name of this insect is mantis religiosa Praying Mantis 100 January 19, 1990
According to the Smithsonian, the old Ford Woody station wagons were often infested with these Termites 200 January 19, 1990
The German type of this ancient household pest is sometimes mistakingly called a waterbug Cockroach 300 January 19, 1990
The process in which a caterpillar turns into a butterfly is called this Metamorphosis 400 January 19, 1990
These brightly colored insects are sometimes called "Devil's Darning Needles" Dragonflies 500 January 19, 1990
Type of beetle that comes in species like pea, green & grain, as well as boll the weevil 100 October 23, 1989
To frighten predators, the owl butterfly has large spots on its wings that resemble these eyes 100 November 15, 1988
When filled with these, the queen termite can be over four inches long eggs 200 November 15, 1988
The plasmodia aren't space invaders but parasites that mosquitos pass to man causing this disease malaria 300 November 15, 1988
For sundews and pitcher plants, insects serve this purpose a source of food 400 November 15, 1988
This type of wasp gets its name from the abnormal protruding plant growths it causes the gall wasp 500 November 15, 1988
Troupes of these, pulling tiny wagons & doing other tricks, are featured in tiny "circuses" fleas 100 October 30, 1987
While most butterflies fly during the day, these, their closest relatives, tend to fly at night moths 200 October 30, 1987
Of all bees that can do this, only the honeybee can't do it twice sting 300 October 30, 1987
3 syllable name of this grasshopper comes from love call of some of the males when they're mating katydid 400 October 30, 1987
Lice, flies & locusts were the 3rd, 4th & 8th of these, respectively the plagues of Egypt 500 October 30, 1987
All insects hatch from these eggs 100 June 16, 1987
Mayflies live for a very short time because adult mayflies can't do this eat 200 June 16, 1987
When male moths lose these sensory appendages, they lose all interest in female moths antennae 300 June 16, 1987
These wasps are called the 1st papermakers because they build paper nests hornets (yellowjackets) 400 June 16, 1987
An immature insect, or a lesser forest goddess nymph 500 June 16, 1987
In 1986, a Dallas exterminator ran a contest to find the largest one of these insects in the city a cockroach 100 June 8, 1987
At the end of Linda Ronstadt's "When You Wish Upon A Star" video, he makes a cameo appearance Jiminy Cricket 200 June 8, 1987
1915 story in which Gregor Samsa awakes one morning to find he has changed into a giant insect the <i>Metamorphosis</i> 300 June 8, 1987
It's made from a substance given off by lac insects shellac 400 June 8, 1987
World Book says these are the 2 things most insects spend most of their time doing eating & reproducing 500 June 8, 1987
The skeleton of an insect is called an exoskeleton because it's located here outside (the body) 100 May 19, 1987
Poe's "Gold Bug", or the VW advertised with the slogan "Think Small" the beetle 100 December 15, 1986
The chirping of male crickets is thought to be connected to this biological urge reproduction (mating) 200 December 15, 1986
Of the 3 classes of honeybees, the 1 whose name could describe the sound of a hive drone 400 December 15, 1986
Title of the following:You might wake up some morning,To the sound of something moving past your window in the wind,And if you're quick enough to rise... "The Elusive Butterfly Of Love" December 15, 1986
In spite of its name, this brightly colored beetle can be male or female a ladybug 100 February 4, 1986
The bubonic plague of Medieval Europe was spread by these insects feeding on rats fleas 200 February 4, 1986
Almost everything most insects do is related to these 2 survival activities eating & mating 300 February 4, 1986
Though voracious, locusts do not migrate for food, but after an enormous increase in this population 400 February 4, 1986
From Greek "chrysos", meaning gold, it's the gold-colored pupa of a butterfly a chrysalis 500 February 4, 1986
What's done to a pesky mosquito or an acronym for a police special weapons team swat 100 November 14, 1985
Completes a Ben Franklin phrase, “Here skugg lies snug...” as a bug in a rug 200 November 14, 1985
It's the shortest route taken back to the hive beeline 300 November 14, 1985
The actual title of “Jimmy Crack Corn” <i>The Blue Tail Fly</i> 400 November 14, 1985
Of its varieties, the atlas is 1 of the largest & the death's head hawk chirps by blowing its nose moths 500 November 14, 1985
Tiny bloodsucking insects of family Cimicidae that hide in mattresses and attack at night bedbugs 100 April 9, 1985
Sometimes called "white ants", these social insects are really after cellulose, not your house termites 200 April 9, 1985
Brilliant green blister beetle once thought to be an aphrodisiac Spanish fly 300 April 9, 1985
"Cooties"; the lousiest insects of all lice 100 December 6, 1984
These insects flash yellow lights to find mates fireflies (or lightning bugs or glowworms) 200 December 6, 1984
Gatherings of this type of grasshopper have covered 2,000 square miles at a time locust swarms 300 December 6, 1984
Its name comes from its worshipful appearance, not its voracious appetite a praying mantis 400 December 6, 1984
The Bible says a sluggard should consider this industrious insect an ant 500 December 6, 1984