Why do bugs die on their backs? (Smithsonian.com / ThinkStock)
Why do bugs die on their backs?
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Well, they don't all end their lives that way. But when a bug gets top heavy, it's in big trouble. That's because the bug usually falls over onto its back.

Of course, a stiff breeze or a curious pet can push it over, too. And once it finds itself belly up, it can be pretty tough for an insect to get back on its feet.

Bugs sometimes ock themselves upright. But if it's injured or it's weak or it's sick, it can have a really hard time. And even more so if a pesticide, or bug spray, is hurting its nervous system. That will cause a total system shutdown.

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COMMENTS (17)
  • pennyw-Bla
    9/18/2014 - 05:28 p.m.

    The video makes me want to get a fat dummy robot and test it with that. Now to the summary.
    Not all bugs end on their backs, the ones that do are top heavy or get knocked over. If they get sick or weak they will die on their backs.

    • lukecST
      9/23/2014 - 09:42 a.m.

      Why did you want to make this article and where did you learn this from? Also do know of any bugs that could get back on their feet by themselves or does the wind half to or a curious animal? Overall very good article with a lot of info.

  • Nailan-Sal
    9/22/2014 - 10:05 a.m.

    Wow my dog ate one of those bugs it was terrible and gross but ,I Oslo kill them but with the bug spray those bugs our really a pain they eat everything like food,marshmallows,and candy

  • KadenJohnson-Hay
    9/23/2014 - 10:47 a.m.

    A bug should try to push itself up with it's antennas.

  • TraceBramlett-Hay
    9/23/2014 - 10:48 a.m.

    It can push It's self up off the ground so It can be free and have freedom.

  • CharleyAtha-Hay
    9/23/2014 - 10:49 a.m.

    They could recover its fall or be careful to not fall.

  • OksanaGoroshka-Hay
    9/23/2014 - 10:55 a.m.

    It can try it's best not to fall on he/she's back but if it is about to fall then it should get near a stiff wind or a pet that would flip them back over the right way.

  • ElianaParsons-Hay
    9/23/2014 - 10:57 a.m.

    Well if all bugs could fly and all bugs had on armor that would be cool. It is a little gross. they could carry around a leaf they could flip them self's over. ;]

  • BenHinkle-Hay
    9/23/2014 - 10:57 a.m.

    It is very crazy moving all around like that like lieing on their backs. We are glad to not be one of them.

  • GageHedrick-Hay
    9/23/2014 - 10:58 a.m.

    they could try to get on there bely and push there legs facing the other way than in

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