The hidden inhabitants in the Butterfly House
Insects in the Butterfly House
Scientific name: Apis mellifera (Linnaeus, 1758)
Origin: Italy. Everyone knows this species because of its honey production and fascinating life organized in complex communities. It is also essential for plant reproduction as it "involuntary" pollinates as it flies from one flower to the next to collect nectar.
Not everyone has the opportunity to see bees in their hives, but they can be seen at the Butterfly House owing to a glass partition. One side of the beehive opens to the outside so that the bees can fly about and collect nectar whenever they like.o.
Scientific name: Baculum extradentatum (Brunner 1907)
Origin: Southeast Asia. The stick insect belongs to the phasmid group along with 2,500 other species found primarily in the tropics. The longest of all the stick insects belongs to the Pharnacia serratipes of Indonesia, with a maximum length of 33 centimeters. This species has sexual dimorphism, where the female differs from the thinner male and whose abdomen is enlarged at the end part.
The eggs resemble tiny seeds. Phasmids are capable of regenerating body appendages. Reproduction can also occur by parthenogenesis without the male’s contribution.
Scientific name: Archimandita tesselata
Origin: South and Central America. It is one of the largest, most massive cockroaches. Nymphs, the juvenile stage, are not winged and are have a blackish-brown color. Males are longer and narrower than females. During the day, the young usually remain hidden. Despite their wings, this species cannot fly very well as it is heavy. Modern cockroaches are a species of living fossils similar to their ancestors from over 250 million years ago.