INCREDIBLE INSECTS SURE TO LEAVE YOU AMAZED
Added on: 18th Dec 2016
Fireflies are famous for their unique ability to produce light
by means of a chemical reaction known as bioluminescence.
There are about 2,000 different species of fireflies, but they
all glow even in their larval stage; while in their larval
stage they are called glow-worms.
Flower mantises are those species of praying mantis that
mimic flowers. Their behaviour varies, but they usually
climb a plant until they reach a suitable flower and then
they stay still until their prey comes within range.
Some species of flower mantis are also popular as pets.
Potentially the most destructive insect, the desert locust
has threatened agricultural production in Africa, the
Middle East and Asia for centuries. Capable of eating
their own weight every day, the locusts gather in huge
swarms. A single swarm can cover up to 1,200sq km
(463sq mi) and can contain up to 80 million
locusts per 1sq km (0.39sq mi).
A little oval-shaped dung beetle, the Taurus scarab is
considered the world´s strongest animal in terms of
proportional strength. In a laboratory experiment, the
beetle was recorded to pull 1,141 times its own body
weight. That’s equivalent to a person lifting about 82 tons.
Indigenous to Madagascar, the giraffe weevil has one of
the weirdest body proportions in the animal kingdom.
Males have markedly extended necks that can be
several times their own body lengths. Measuring about
2.5 cm (1 in), the giraffe weevil uses its
prolonged neck for nest building and fighting.
Known for their plant-sucking nymphs which encase
themselves in froth in springtime, froghoppers are
the best jumpers in the animal kingdom. The insects
can jump up to 100 times their length, experiencing
over 400 g (gravitational acceleration) during the jump.
The ultimate insect predator, the dragonfly hunts prey
both in its larval stage and as adult. Scientists have
found out that dragonflies are brutally effective killers,
managing to capture their prey in mid-air more than
95 percent of the time, which makes them arguably
the most efficient hunters of all animals.
The cockroach has a reputation of being one of the
hardiest (and most feared) insect. Some species are
capable of remaining active for a month without food and
survive without air for up to 45 minutes. Cockroaches
also have a much higher radiation resistance than
vertebrates, with the lethal dose up to 15 times that
Inhabiting woodlands and grasslands on all continents
except Antarctica, the bombardier beetle is most notable
for its unique defence mechanism that gives it its
name. When disturbed, the beetle ejects a hot
noxious chemical spray from the tip of their abdomen.
The reaction is very exothermic, raising the
temperature of the mixture to near 100 C (212 F).