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Why Do Bugs Flip Over to Die?

  1. Apr 11, 2007 #1


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    I don't think I would! Anyone know why they do?
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  3. Apr 11, 2007 #2
    Do they die before they flip over? and flip over results in it? or do they actually flip over before dying?
  4. Apr 11, 2007 #3
    Why do standing humans fall over after they die? :wink:
  5. Apr 12, 2007 #4


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  6. Apr 12, 2007 #5


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    Thank you for taking my question seriously! [Although the answer seems to be speculation rather than fact... :frown: ]
  7. Apr 12, 2007 #6


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    I think it hits pretty close to home though.

    I think it's not that bugs flip over to die, I think it's that, when you find a dead bug, it is more likely to be on its back for several independent reasons, some of which are mentioned in the link.

    - They fall off the wall, or off whatever.
    - They are top-heavy - especially since their legs curl up under them when they die.
    - It is possible for them to start on their feet and get flipped onto their backs after death, but impossible for them to start on their backs and get flipped over onto their feet.
    - Many may die BECAUSE they fell on their backs and can't right themselves.

    Ultimately I think, as a rigid object, they are much miore stable on their backs. The above are all randomizing factors that favour this position.
  8. Apr 16, 2007 #7
    The other bugs turn them over to give them CPR.
    Sorry for being flippant.
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