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4 Bugs That Should Be In A Band

Singing Bee

LaLaLaLaLa! Sure you might rock out to the Goo Goo Dolls, but did you know there is a rowdy bunch right beneath your feet? Check out these four tiny musical artists that could be in your backyard:

Crickets and Grasshoppers


Who isn’t familiar with these tiny musicians? Known as nature’s fiddlers, Crickets and Grasshoppers use stridulation as their favorite form of music making. Crickets have a comb like vein that runs along the bottom of each wing. These little guys make sounds when they rub the bottom of one wing along the top of the other wing. This makes a chipping noise while grasshoppers make more of a snapping or soft rattling sound. Grasshoppers make noise a little differently by snapping their wings together in flight or by rubbing their hind legs against their wings making it sound like they are shaking a rattle.



Cicada, also referred to as locust, make a very unique sound, which is often referred to as Cicada Song. They have noisemakers called “tymbals” on the sides of their abdominal base. When they contract the muscle located within the abdomen the tymbals cave inwards and make a loud clicking sound. By positioning their bodies and adjusting the speed and force of which it vibrates, they can amplify their sound.



The Tettigoniidae family, or Katydids are quite a musical bunch! These guys have noise making organs, which are also activated by stridulation. The tropical loving insects rub the back part of their front wings making a beautiful song.

Water Boatman


Micronecta scholtzi, aka Water Boatman, would definitely be the lead singers in a band, if only the band were underwater! This tiny bug, about the size of a grain of rice can belt its song up to 99.2 decibels. This is comparable to the sound of a passing train or a live orchestra. The boatman uses this noise as a mating call. They make it by rubbing an organ along their ribbed abdomen. Unfortunately, the sound is lost when it passes from water to air, leaving the lovely inhabitants above sea level, without the beautiful song of the water boatman.

Next time you forget your iPod, fret not! Just walk outside (or stick your head under water) and listen to some sweet tunes performed your backyard rock stars. A night on the town to see a local band does not have to be too far from home!

Author Bio:  writes about all things insects for Bulwark Exterminating in Houston, TX. While away from the computer, I enjoy running and doing yoga.

Give The Gift Of Insect Candy This Christmas

Insect CandyChristmas is right around the corner, which means it’s that time of year to load up on candy, either to munch on yourself or to gift as stocking stuffers. But why stick to the traditional chocolates and peanut brittle? To add a fun little kick to your Christmas candy this year, consider giving your loved ones candied insects. There are many types of bug candies to choose from, whether you want to give your family and friends chocolates, brittle, suckers, or other insect snacks.

Insect Suckers

Insect suckers have long been a favorite among children, tweens, and teens, making it a great choice as a stocking stuffer this holiday season. These colorful suckers actually contain a real insect in their center. You can choose from a variety of colors, flavors and insects, including grasshoppers, crickets, ants, worms, and scorpions. Flavors include toffee, apple, banana, blueberry, grape, strawberry, orange, tequila, and watermelon.

Chocolate Covered Ants

Chocolate covered ants are another long-time favorite, with many forms of this treat to choose from. Likewise, you can also choose from chocolate covered crickets. This would be the perfect gift for an adult relative who’s got a sweet tooth, or an older teenager.

Amber Brittle

Peanut brittle has always been a popular delicacy during the holiday season, so why not spruce it up this year by giving out amber brittle with insects inside? This ribbon-style toffee-flavored candy houses insects and a fern inside, and is designed to look like fossilized amber. How could anyone NOT want this in their stocking?

Chocolate Covered Scorpion-on-a-Stick

Scorpions are a popular treat in many parts of the world, and one of the more popular ways to enjoy these critters is on a stick… dipped in chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. The appeal of a chocolate covered scorpion is that it still maintains its shape, all the while making a delicious snack. This would be a great gift for the adventurous eater in your family, or for that relative you don’t like.

Butterfly Candy

While butterfly candy isn’t made from real butterfly, this ribbon style flavored hard candy does feature a real insect, along with edible flower petals to simulate the appearance of an actual butterfly. This candy is available in blueberry and strawberry flavor, and would make a delightful gift for anyone on your Christmas list.

Ant Candy

Ant candy is a hard candy that is designed to look like an ant farm. It contains real black ants, and is available in a variety of flavors, including chocolate, apple, and cherry. Your family members are sure to get a kick when they find one of these in their stockings this year. One thing’s for sure – Christmas will be a lot more interesting if you hand out insect candy instead of the normal Christmas fare. Your loved ones are guaranteed to get a kick out of receiving these exotic candies – or they will run screaming from you. Which would be a good thing if they are a relative you don’t necessarily enjoy.

Chris is a blogger for Excel Termite & Pest Control a NJ based pest control company.