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As spring brings the warm weather we’ve all been craving for after months of frost, bugs also happen to come out of their hiding spots.
No, we’re not talking about pests in this one. In spring, bugs don’t want to get into your home, but instead come out and welcome the sun. In this article, we’re talking about the brilliant way in which nature has created the wonderful circle of life.
Most butterfly species hibernate in the form of pupa during the entire winter. Once temperatures rise and the first spring flowers bloom, they break out of their shells as fully grown adults and take advantage of the sweet nectars surrounding them.
There are, however, some species of butterflies that spend the winter as fully-grown adults, hiding in tree barks or crevices of man-made structures (maybe even in the cracks of your own house). These are some of the first species that start the flower pollination process in early spring.
The first ones to come out will be the queen bees and the queen wasps. Like butterflies, they are also natural pollinators. The first thing they do right after their winter hibernation is over is to desperately find a meal amongst the wild spring flowers nearby, Should they fail to find some food, they risk dying within the same day.
Bee hives usually get a new queen each year. Once the new virgin queen is born, she has to fight to the death with the old queen in order to take her place in the same hive. Or she can just leave the hive and find another one to govern.
When the snow melts, it often uncovers waste or dead animal matter – very common leftovers of a cold winter. That’s when the common house flies start moving. Flies feast mostly on waste and dead matter. The more abundant the food supplies, the greater their numbers in the area will become.
They become active even before the first spring flowers blossom. The abundance of water also makes for a very pleasant environment for nature’s most garbage-hungry eaters.
Spiders usually spend the winter in man-made shelters. They nest in attics, basements, closets, or inside the walls of the entire structure and simply wait for the weather to get more bearable.
It’s not a good idea to call them freeloaders though as they are very beneficial to households. They eat other insects, such as flies, silverfish, cockroaches and even centipedes. And, at the end of winter, they can’t wait to bolt outside.
You might not be expecting this, but ants also hibernate in winter. With the sharp drop in temperatures, an ant’s movements gradually slow down until the insect comes to a halt. Since the hive traffic has now been drastically decreased, its entrance gets naturally blocked.
Once the spring spills its warmth, their movement will gradually recover and the ants will resume their typical work schedule. It’s like accidentally hitting “pause” on a movie, then pressing “play” again.
Since it’s spring, there are a lot of beautiful sceneries to see – fresh spring flowers, and lots of insects sucking on nectar or making webs on the stems. So, if the day is sunny and warm, grab your camera and get ready for some close-ups.
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