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most incredible insects

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Yours, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. The World's Most Incredible Insects
    Despite their tiny size, it's crazy how clever and inventive insects can be. From amazing camouflage skills to gravity-defying jumping abilities, here's our take on the 20 most incredible insects found on Earth.

    Most painful stings

    It's thought that the most painful sting in the world belongs to the bullet ant, whose sting has been compared to being shot. The effects of the ant's sting last 24 hours. The tarantula hawk also delivers an agonising sting but, mercifully, this lasts only a few minutes.

    Spindle ermine moth

    The caterpillar of the ermine moth will form huge communal webs that help protect them from predators. These eerie spectacles will cover entire trees, often stripping them entirely of leaves.

    Swarming grasshoppers

    Swarm behaviour is usually associated with locusts, but in 2014, New Mexico saw a huge swarm of grasshoppers so dense it even showed up on radar! These swarms are thought to occur when mild, dry winters mean many more eggs survive than in typical years.

    Cicadas: the noisiest horde

    These noisy bugs don't appear very often, but they tend to appear in droves when they do. On the US east coast they live underground for years at a time, surfacing every 13 - 17 years to live for a short period above ground. Their mating behaviour is extremely noisy, so their appearance is often very unwelcome!

    Two amazing jumpers

    The insect world has produced some amazing jumpers including the froghopper, which accelerates with a force 400 times greater than gravity, and the grasshopper, which jumps using muscles possessing 10 times the power of the strongest human muscle.

    Four masters of disguise

    The astonishing Myrmarachne plataleoides is a spider that disguises itself as a pair of ants to fool predators. Other insects that have mastered camouflage include the dead leaf butterfly that looks like a dried-up brown leaf, the stick insect that looks like a part of whatever plant it feeds on, and its cousin Phyllium giganteum, which has a body shaped and coloured exactly like a leaf.

    The astonishing cockroach

    They may turn stomachs but cockroaches are amazing creatures. There are over 4,000 species of roach in the world and they can survive without food for up to six weeks. They can also survive without their heads for several weeks before eventually dying of dehydration.

    Five amazing spiders

    Only discovered in 2001, the world's largest spider is the cave dwelling giant huntsman spider, which can have a leg-span of up to 30 centimetres. The camel spider is the fastest in the world and can run after prey at speeds up to 12 mph. Then there's the bird dung crab spider, which looks like bird droppings, the diving bell spider, the world's only completely aquatic spider, and the trapdoor spider, which can ambush prey from below ground.

    The three biggest killers

    It's likely that the humble mosquito could kill up to 750,000 people per year by transmitting diseases such as malaria. Other major killers of people are the tsetse fly, which transmits sleeping sickness in sub-Saharan Africa, and the assassin bug, which can transmit Chagas disease.

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  2. topekoy

    topekoy Forum Veteran Established

    Thanks for Sharing..(y)
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  3. Hehehe.. buggers :p
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  4. st3a7th

    st3a7th Honorary Poster Established

  5. Youre welcome :)
  6. reyzard

    reyzard Honorary Poster Established

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  7. clue: alternative rock song opm haha :p
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  8. Astig yan mga BUG.
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  9. EARZE

    EARZE PHC Contributor Established

    Thanks for Sharing Boss.. (y)
  10. youre welcome din boss :)
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