The Arthropods!

By: Isis Blake & Imani Hudson

To Be A Arthropod!

To be a arthropod you must have or be:

  • A Exoskeleton
  • A Segmented Body
  • Jointed Appendages
  • Bilateral Symmetry(We can cut it down the middle and it will be the same on both sides)
  • Cold blooded
Feeder/ Eaters : Arthropods include carnivores, herbivores, detritus feeders, filter feeders, and parasites , and there are specializations within these major categories.

Creepy Cool Arthropods !!

#3: Giraffe Weevil

The Giraffe weevil is native in Madagascar. It was discovered in 2008 and grows to 25 millimeters in length. It has a black body with a red wing case. The bug gets its name from its extremely long neck that resembles a giraffe’s. Scientists believe that this is an adaptation for fighting and nest building. The neck of the male can be up to three times as long as female weevil’s. What is also interesting about the giraffe weevil is its egg-laying technique. The female will roll up a leaf, then lay one egg within it. It then cuts off the leaf roll from the remaining leaf to prepare the egg for hatching. The leaf provides both protection and a food supply for the young weevils.
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#2: The Asp Caterpillar

The Asp Caterpillar looks very sweet but is far from it! They should be treated with extreme caution it has very powerful venom and is one of the most toxic caterpillars in North America. At the end of the fluffy hairs lie sharp, poisonous spines which pierce the skin and can cause extreme allergic reactions such as inflammation, blisters, headaches, nausea and breathing difficulties. These symptoms can last for days.
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#1: The Assassin Bug

The assassin bug has an awesome hunting technique where it captures and consumes spiders by acting as their prey. It enters the unsuspecting web and starts to pluck the strings to mimic a bug or a fly. The spider then leaves its hiding place to retrieve its food. When it gets close, the assassin bug plunges its long, sharp snout into the creature releasing a deadly venom which paralyzes it. This venom also starts to digest the spider so the assassin bug can drink the fluid inside—a process called extra-oral digestion. The bug’s behavior is known as aggressive mimicry. After feeding, the assassin bug wears the victim’s body as a sort of armor. It also places dead bugs on its back to confuse and scare potential predators.

The assassin bug creeps up on many other insects and has even attacked bats. It moves unpredictably to mimic the wind and uses its antennae, which are as long as its body, to detect changes in the environment.

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Your Everyday Arthropods?

You come into contact with alot more arthropods than you think!

  • Spiders
  • Ants
  • Bees
  • Wasp
  • Cockroaches ( Just look around Centennial you're bound to find at least one!)
  • Moths
And even Butterflies !

Don't kill spiders they're just trying to help !! (im kidding pls kill them)

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Video time !!

Our funny yet informative video.. Moral of the story is if a spider is that big? Burn down your house.
Big Spider Attacks Daddy

*Insert clapping here*