Study recommends insects skitter more – Flora Bugnall

A study released this week by the Department of Entomology at the University of Oxford  recommends all insects spend at least 30 minutes skittering per day.

They followed a small sample population of 2.3 million insects and found that skittering (move lightly and quickly or hurriedly) for just half an hour a day significantly strengthened the thorax and boosted circulation to the legs, wings, and antennae, said Professor Hard-Corebeatle (chief stag and flight co-ordinator of the British Flying Bug Association).

A cricket keeping trim.

The professor added that if 30 minutes was too much exertion for out-of-shape or infirm bugs, even simply scuttling from along the baseboard to under the oven whenever the lights come on had been proven to increase lifespan by as much as two or three weeks: “It is especially recommended for older insects, as skittering on a regular basis can help improve foregut, midgut, and hindgut function and lowers the risk of developing degenerative compound eye disease… Also, we strongly recommend stretching all legs – whether that be six or one hundred – before starting and urge insects not to over-exert themselves by darting straight up a wall if they haven’t done it in a while.”

The professor reminded insects that the best long-term health results could be achieved by combining 30 minutes of skittering each day with a high-protein diet of skin flakes and dust particles.

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