Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Top-10 Weirdest Looking Insects

With about a million insect species recorded, and thousands new discovered each year it makes sense that some of them wouldn't win a beauty contest! The insects below might look scary, poisonous or even deadly but don't worry! They are totally harmless! Enjoy some of the creepiest and weirdest looking insects that walk on the earth:

1) Brazilian Treehopper: Scientifically described as Bocydium globulare, this weird insect looks like an alien helicopter thingie! Found in the northern half of South America, it is a solitary species, with individuals usually spotted feeding on the undersides of Glory Bush leaves (Miconia spp.).

2) Stinging Rose Moth Caterpillar: Found from New York to Florida, west to Missouri and Texas, this colourful, cool-looking caterpillar features pairs of long, horn-like, bristly spines and numerous clumps of smaller spines.

3) Giraffe weevil: This giraffe-like insect is endemic to the forests of Madagascar and was first discovered in 2008. We still know very little about it!

4) Hercules Beetle: The Hercules beetle (Dynastes hercules) is the most famous and the largest of the rhinoceros beetles. Native to the rain-forests of Central America, South America, and the Lesser Antilles. It is also one of the largest beetles we know, with adults growing up to 17 cm (6.5 in) in length.

5) Panacanthus cuspidatus: Commonly known as spiny bush cricket, it looks a lot like a creature summoned from science fiction!

6) Regal Moth Caterpillar: The regal moth (Citheronia regalis), also known as the royal walnut moth, can be found in North America. The caterpillar stage looks a lot like a dragon and reminds me of the Guarados pokemon!

Regal Moth Caterpillar
It look's like a dragon doesn't it?
Adult |Regal Moth

7) Scorpion Fly: Scorpion flies may look dangerous but they are not! The stinger-like structure is actually the... male genitalia!

The stinger is actually a...penis!

8) Atlas Moth: The Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is a large saturniid moth found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia. In the past, the species was thought to be the largest moth in the world in terms of total wing surface area, Recent findings confer this title upon the Hercules Moth.

9) Extatosoma tiaratum: E. tiaratum (commonly known as giant prickly stick insect, spiny leaf insect and Australian walking stick) is a large, alien-like species of stick insect found in Australia. Female adults are covered with thorn-like spikes for defence and camouflage and grow to about 5 to 8 inches (20 cm) long.

10) Deinacrida heteracantha: D. heteracantha, also known as Wetapunga, is a huge cricket found only on Little Barrier Island and some other smaller predator-free island conservation areas. It mainly feeds at night, but is also active during the day, when it can be found above ground in vegetation.

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