THE INSECTS OF SOLUSIS

We are exploring a new found planet. We call it Solusis. Teams of researchers have been exploring the planet. Our team is studying insects. We discovered a few different types of insects. The following insects are the types we found.

Tecka
Spotted Moucheabeille
Sandia


The insect pictured below is the tecka. Its length ranges from one to three inches long. It has the normal three parts of an insect: the abdomen, the thorax, and the head. It also has six legs and a pair of antennas. Its wings are to small to fly with, so instead it uses its legs for jumping from place to place to keep itself warm and keep its feet from freezing. It has a hard beak that it uses to peck through ice to eat other insects that were unfortunate enough to have been frozen in the ice.

The tecka rarely migrates unless the temperatures reach an unbearable low. When that happens, it goes where it is warmer, even if it is only a few degrees warmer. They do, however, migrate to breed, going back to the area where they were born.

The tecka only breeds during the warmest season of the year. They all gather by the thousands in the area where they were born. The male chooses the female by the best looking wings and beak. The female chips away an area in the ice where the male lays the eggs. The eggs are equipped with a special coating to keep the eggs insulated. Under good conditions, the eggs hatch within one to two weeks. Once hatched, they are fully developed. They do not go through the usual metamorphisis, instead they develop inside the egg. From then on they grow until they reach their full size of three inches.

The eggs of the tecka can be ground to a powder and used as a pain reliever. This powder comes in handy after a hard days work because it cures daily aches and pains with twice the strength of regular asprin, without side affects.

The tecka lives in groups. They don't have any colonies and instead they live in individual families. The family is made up of a female and small children because the male dies right after laying the eggs. The children only live with an adult for two weeks, or until they learn to survive by themselves.

The insect shown here is called the spotted moucheabeille (moosh-abay). This is French for a fly and a bee combined. It has the three body parts and six legs of an insect found on earth. It has two pairs of wings and four antennas. Its body is green with red spots on the abdomen. Its size ranges from half an inch to four inches long. The insects jaws are strong enough to hold onto prey three times as large as they are. The wings are strong and leathery and allow them to fly speeds of up to twenty miles an hour for distances of one hundred forty miles without rest.

The spotted moucheabeille migrates from place to place, depending on the temperature. They like the warmest temperatures possible. When they do migrate, they do it in the thousands. It looks like a great cloud coming at you. They also migrate to breed because their eggs can only survive in the warmest temperatures.

They breed twice a year, both around the same time, when it is warmest. The female lays the eggs and can lay around one hundred eggs at a time, although not all of them survive. The eggs are laid in shallow water, even if it is just a puddle. The eggs hatch within five days of being laid. Then they go through the usual metamorphisis, the larvae, the pupa, and finally, the adult. They grow up all by themselves because after the female lays the eggs, she leaves to return back to her normal life. After the insects are full grown and are ready to breed again, they return to the spot where they were born.

The spotted moucheabeille live in groups of at least one hundred. They live in various parts of this planet, mainly where there is food. Males and females do not interact until it is time to breed. If a male invades a female's territory before breeding, she will attack and possibly kill the male. They start to breed when the male emits an odor and only the female that likes the smell will mate with him.

The insect pictured here is called the sandia which is Spanish for watermelon. It is round and fat. It has six wings and six legs. Its six wings allow it to carry its heavy body through the sky. It has great vision to account for not having any antennas. It has four eyes that are like tiny pupils that open and shut to adjust to the amount of light available, so they can see their predators. Their ability to adjust the light makes it so they can get away and hide from any hungry predators.

The sandia eats the leaves of certain plants that can grow in extemely cold climates. It eats three times its body weight to have energy to fly for distances of up to twenty to twenty five miles without stopping. Some animals like to eat the sandia as a tasty treat, so the sandia has to be able to make a quick escape, so they don't become an afternoon snack for a predator.

The sandia doesn't migrate. It can survive the coldest weather. When it is too cold, it lets itself be frozen in the ice and when it gets warmer it thaws out, like the mosquitoes of the arctic. It is able to do this because it is cold blooded and can regrow any of its body parts if they fall off because of the extreme cold.

The sandia only breed once in their lifetime. It breeds at the warmest time of the year, laying up to one hundred and fifty eggs at a time. Not all of the eggs survive through the harsh weather, and in the end only sixty to seventy eggs survive. The baby sandia goes from larvae to adult in three to four weeks. They breed when the females make a clicking sound. The males come to the females that have the best sound to them. The males will often fight for the same female, with only the most powerful winning, and the weaker one losing his pride and often his life as well.

The sandia live in families much like ours. It has two adults and kids, usually of up to twenty at a time. The children only stay until they are fully grown and able to catch their own food. After that they leave their parents to start their own family. Shortly after they leave, the adults die. Only a handful of sandia survive through raising their children, though they do not breed again. Others never mate at all and live alone for up to three years. They live by the rule - survival of the fittest. The strongest one has the most land and food supply. Some of them survive by taking what they need from the weaker ones. Usually, if the mother thinks that the child is going to be weak, she throws it out so as not to slow the growth of the others. The weakest of the sandia do not survive for long.

There are more insects that mimic the ones explained above, but those are the main ones. All of the others are a different variation of those, whether it is just in what they eat or if it is in how they socialize. There aren't to many species because they have to be very adaptable to survive in the harsh weather. It is not at all like our world that has millions of different species of insects. Most of the insects do have some kind of characteristic of insects on earth, so they are alike in some ways and different in others.


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