Crawling Bricks!

Posted by Todd Hall on

This week we step back into Nature to take a look at the world of insects. These creations vary from a handful of pieces smaller than your hand, to creations the size of your head! With each picture this week we've also included some fun facts about the various insects. We hope you enjoy and get some ideas for your own brick world of bugs.

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The praying mantis is usually known as a friend to gardens and other plant life. This green machine has a unique ability to turn its head 180 degrees and while it has two eyes, it only has one ear!

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This flying insect is a friend, not enemy! They have the capacity to see in every direction except directly behind them. The dragonfly feeds on nuisances like mosquitos and eats an average of 30 to 100 mosquitos a day. In addition this flying beauty is able to fly straight up, straight down and even hover.

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Protein! ...That's right, these guys, although a huge pest for farmers and gardeners, serve a useful purpose to humans around the world. In various countries around the world this critter is their main source of protein. On a different note, the grasshopper can jump so high/far that if we had legs like it we could jump the length of a football field!

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This beneficial predator to gardens and farms smells with its feet and when it eats its mouth moves side to side instead of up and down like humans. In addition the larva of a ladybug resembles a miniature alligator. Talk about a transformation.

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Beetles...stunning creatures to some, and disgusting critters to others. The rhino beetle can get as big as 6 inches in length. Only male rhino beetles have horns like a rhinoceros. In some parts of the world these guys are kept as pets and even occasionally used in beetle fights. 

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Its safe to say that mosquitos are far from being everyone's favorite bug. However, because of the cool build styles used in this creation we still had to feature it. With that we want you to know that there are over 3,000 different types of mosquitos, and only female mosquitos bite.

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These busy creatures are some of the hardest working bugs in the world. Depending on the type of bee and time of year, they live any where from a few weeks to almost a year. Perhaps the most stunning ability of the bee is its ability to beat its wings 200 times per second! Flapping them this fast is what causes the buzz when they fly.

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