Do Insects Hibernate?

Especially adult members of some insect species can spend the winter season in a manner similar to hibernation. In this process, called diaposis, the metabolism of insects slows down, and growth and development activities are suspended. Diapause occurs when environmental conditions are not suitable, for example, at low temperatures or when they cannot find food. Insects try to find shelter to protect themselves from the cold to prepare for this process. For this, he can use the gaps under the soil, the inside of tree trenches, the underside of stones and logs, or dried and spilled leaves as a shelter.

Some insect species have antifreeze chemicals in their bodies. These substances help insects survive by preventing damage to cells and tissues at temperatures below the freezing point of water.

Chiara Raisa
Chiara writes about biology and evolution, among other science topics. She holds degrees in neuroscience and dance from the University of California, Santa Cruz. When she's not writing, she's probably taking photos or thinking and talking with her friends about philosophy.

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