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Ooh, an interesting post about bugs and their toughness. Is that why...? Never mind :-)
I've heard of insects (and plants) that use fire to their advantage. But I never knew that some insects take this to extremes, like actively finding burning logs. "Make no mistake: a lot of bugs do die during wildfires. Eggs, galls, immobile stages (like pupae) are cooked under most (but not all) circumstances, and some people take advantage of this to control pests.

However, some insects, like those living at the tops of trees, inside trees, or deep underground do survive.

This is where things get really interesting.
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The beetle genus Melanophila, as well as a few other insects has infrared sensors in its legs which tell it where the fire is and how to get to it. It will actively seek out burning patches of forest, specifically to lay its eggs in trees which have been injured by fire and which aren’t in a position to fight off the invasion. Melanophila, Syntexis, and Acanthocnemus are notable because they’re frequently seen mating and laying eggs on logs that are still on fire.

To clarify: this doesn’t mean they’re recently burnt. I mean this literally…they’re known to lay their eggs on logs that are still actively burning. Acanthocnemus beetles are even attracted to smoldering ashes. Now, granted…they camp out on the non-burning portions, but it’s still pretty crazy.

These insects are interesting to entomologists, because we can use them to develop new technologies for sensing infrared signals. Even though these insects are small, Aradus sp. are less than 1/2 inch (they’re about 1 cm long), they can detect a fire from at least 3 miles (5 km) away."
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Happy New Year to you, lovelies! Here's my first post of 2018! It's similar to some of my tweets, so here's a photo to give you a clue of what it's about: https://beanielei.blogspot.com/2018/01/my-first-post-of-2018-happy-new-year.html
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Hello my lovely friends, thank you 谢谢 teşekkür ederim धन्यवाद ありがとうございました mulțumesc Спасибо شكرا for being on my crazy rollercoaster Twitter journey!

Here's my review of my 2017! https://beanielei.blogspot.com/2017/12/happy-new-year.html

Wishing you all a happy 2018! xxx
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