Why do bugs die on their backs?

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Why do bugs die on their backs? Well, they don't all die that way. But many succumb to the laws of physics in their final moments. It's at that point that normal blood flow stops, the legs contract, and the bug gets top heavy. Inevitably, it falls over onto its back. Of course, a stiff breeze or a curious... - Posted on September 18, 2014