Insects love hot weather. The warmer it is, the more bugs you can see everywhere you turn.
But while insects like warmth, they can’t stand the extremes. Most species die when the daily temperature surpasses 97 degrees Fahrenheit.
However, there are a couple of exceptions that have built up heat tolerance and can survive extreme heat. In this article, we’ll learn more about each of these species.
Insects That Can Withstand Extremely High Temperatures
Certain species handle heat better than others. And with the constant climate change, some insects have developed unique mechanisms to deal with constantly increasing temperatures.
#1 Sand Wasp
Insects in the Bembicini family, also known as sand wasps, are endemic to desert regions across the Americas.
During June and July, the temperature there oten exceeds 100 degrees, with the sand being even hotter. But heat doesn’t seem to be the issue for the sand wasp, as this insect burrows its nest into the sandy soil. In fact, the temperature needs to be around 113 degrees Fahrenheit in order for a sandy wasp to die from the heat.
One thing we all learned in a biology class is that wasps, like any other insect, are cold-blooded. That means they get their body heat from the environment, rather than generating their own.
So how do they combat high desert temperatures, you might ask?
By using the same method they use to digest food – regurgitation. To put it simply, regurgitation is practically vomiting liquid from the sand wasp’s stomach. Once they reach the head area, these liquids start evaporating, causing the body heat to drop.