I'd like to add something
just a theory but, an intelligent Insect should for all intents and purposes be able to control ordinary insects, so long as it can produce the
pheromones, it could decipher any social insects language... and thus manipulate it.
How the Greys get into our homes and get us to unlock the door...
Many Insects can control other larger creatures aka Parasitic wasps...
What Insects are the most likely Candidates to be, eyes and ears of the Grey's, to be able to infect us with either the right bacteria or parasites
or viruses to... infect us, control our population, paralyze us in our sleep?
Get ready to know why they Freak you out
Why you really hate them and they repulse you
The face of a Grey if I ever saw one
grossed out yet?
Get foot stomping mad...
Because you may not have the drop on these guys you think you do
But you say Not a Social Insect? Hmmmmm? Guess Again
Yup, those pesky Termites it turns out are nothing more than roaches that answer to a queen
and the roach is debated as to if it's a social insect or not... the fact that they mate individually to some entomologists is not enough cause to
say they are not social insects
because they work and group together, the ability to self propagate makes to some every female cockroach a queen and some scients say they should be
considered social insects in that they are... a social insect in terms of community'
The cockroach is virtually Invincable
The cockroach that I saw is called the German cockroach or Blatella germanica. Humans consider it to be a pest because it invades where we live, eat
and sleep. There are between 4,000 to 7,500 different species of roaches. Of this amount, only one percent are considered to be a pest. Some of the
other more common species are:
1) Oriental Cockroach-Blatta orientalis
2) American Cockroach-Periplaneta americana
3) Brownbanded Cockroach-Supella longipalpa
They have pathogens or bacteria on their bodies, but none have been known to be transmitted to humans. Their mouths are used for chewing, not biting.
Most roaches are nocturnal, that is, they prefer the night and are sensitive to all forms of light except for the red spectrum. They are most active
right after dusk and right before dawn. They seem to appear according to a biological clock. This activity may be a response to a genetic defense
because light may indicate the presence of humans, their most dangerous predator. They prefer to live in warm, moist places and are more abundant in
tropical areas. However, they can live in almost any environment and they have been found in the North and South Poles.
Cockroaches are thought to be about 350 million years old, making them one of the oldest surviving creatures. They have been able to survive because
of their rapid reproductive cycles and adaptability to poisons, environments, and even nuclear bombs. One of the largest is the Madagascar hissing
cockroach, which has become a popular pet. Another large roach is Megaloblatta blaberoides, a resident of Central and South America. It has been
measured at about 100mm long. Some roaches can fly and one has been measured to have a wing span of about one foot.
Their ability to withstand radiation is very interesting. They have a very hard outer shell or exoskeleton, which is less prone to absorb radiation.
Their skin molts, which means shedding, and this removes the radiation. In addition, they have an unusual different chromosome structure, which is
difficult for radiation to shatter. The butterfly is similar to the cockroach in this respect.
Although they live in proximity to each other in crevices or harbingers. This need to keep in touch with their surroundings is called thigmotaxis.
Their immunity extends to poisons, and they are known to survive decapitation. I later read that this is possible because they have two nerve
centers-one in the head, the other in the tail. The only way it would eventually die would be from dehydration. They can do without food for over one
month, but they need water at least once a week. They will feed on all foods, grease, paint, wallpaper paste, and even bookbinding.
The female will have up to forty babies at one time. Some species will mate only once and they will remain pregnant for the rest of their lives.
Adults will live for an average of eight to fifteen months. Cockroaches reproduce on an average of four times per year. Females have a broader abdomen
and are more rounded than the male. This constant reproduction adds to their ability to become immune to environment changes or pesticides. The basic
structure of the cockroach has, however, remained the same since the middle of the Silurian period almost 365 million years ago. The life cycle of the
cockroach is from egg-nymph-adult. This cycle is called simple metamorphosis. It means that the younger nymphs look very similar to the adult and will
only differ in size. :
What is interesting to me is that despite debate as to social insect status they are indeed social
and if we look at a Species that would control a Planet
Group together The Bees, Ants and Cockroaches
what you have is, a complete planetary control
Seed dispersal/soil fertilization and other tasks, Pollination, Garbage disposal
even population control via disease (roaches)
so if there is an Intelligent insect species that's social and been around longer than us
It would in essence truly rule this world
and have invaded and be present in almost every home on the planet
More Roach Social Behavior:
Many cockroaches care for their eggs until they hatch, including the German cockroach which carries the eggs externally until they hatch. A whole
Family of cockroaches, the Blaberidae with subfamilies Blaberinae, Zetoborinae, Epilamprinae Diplopterinae and Pycnoscelinae among others, carry the
eggs internally until they hatch. One Blaberid species, Diploptera sp., provides nutrition to the embryos which actually molt in utero several times
such that they need only molt three times after they are born to become adults, URL: D_punctata-devel-2864.JPG
2) There is a so-called group-effect among the young of German cockroaches. If they are alone they develop very slowly. If there are at least two
larvae in a defined space they accelerate their development to become adults. This later behavior is a mechanism that increases the probability that
two adults will be present by the time adulthood is reached. Unfortunately, this effect is sex-neutral so the two adults could be both males or both
females with a probability of 50%.
The wood-feeding cockroach Cryptocercus is usually believed to live in aggregations. Field observations, however, gave evidence for the existence of
distinct family groups living in different gallery systems. This study investigates intraspecific behavioural interactions with respect to the social
structure. The interaction among family members were observed in artificial burrows in the laboratory. Individuals from different families were
brought together experimentally and the resulting alarm and fighting behavior was studied. The importance of Cryptocercus for the evolution of termite
sociality is discussed.
Basically what they did was collect samples of Cryptocercus from the wild and set them up in "ant farm" type displays to study their behavior. These
are roaches that live in logs on or near mountain terrain. Of the seven known species in the world, five occur in the U.S.
Each colony consists of one adult pair and their brood. It appears that the adults spend their entire lives (about two years) raising just that one
brood. If one of the parents dies, the other takes over all the duties, including protecting the territory. The scientists behind this study did a lot
of experiments with introducing unrelated roaches, pulling out nymphs then reintroducing them, and other variations to test the reactions. In general,
the nymphs would notice the intruder first, then hurriedly rush until it found one of the parents. As part of the alarm signal, the nymph would do a
rocking motion. Often that first nymph would trigger the other nymphs to join in on the rocking motion. It was then up to the adult(s) to handle the
intruder, but first it had to find the intruder. Sometimes the adults would wander in the the wrong chamber, then have to back up and keep looking.
and gross and scary and real
Although cockroaches are closely related to termites, they are not as social as termites are. Termite colonies have an organized social structure in
which different members have different roles. Cockroaches do not have these types of roles, but they do tend to prefer living in groups. A study at
the Free University of Brussels in Belgium revealed that groups of cockroaches make collective decisions about where to live. When one space was large
enough for all of the cockroaches in the study, the cockroaches all stayed there. But when the large space was not available, the roaches divided
themselves into equal groups to fit in the smallest number of other enclosures.
The Roach is a social Insect
Could there be a controlling social insect out there that "tends to the planet"
Given 350 Million years of evolution, I find it hard to say No...