5 Weirdest Insects

Thursday, 23 Dec 2010 12:04 PM

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It is unusual to find any freaky insects in your garden. However, you must have come across pictures of some of the weirdest insects or heard about insect facts. And you’ll be surprise to know that our ecosystem is a house to millions of insect species.
 
Many of us hold less interest for freakiest insects and insect facts. But do you know that without these creepy crawlers, we could have encountered an altogether different ecosystem on the Earth. And as regards benefits to humans, insects such as bees and butterflies are necessary for agriculture. Bees and silkworms are used for production of honey and silk. Moreover, in some parts of the world, insects are consumed as human food.
So, let’s take a peek into the kingdom of bugs and find out 5 weirdest and freakiest insects.
 
The giant walking stick: As the name suggests, it is the longest walking stick. The adult female is about 15 inches with outstretched forelegs, while the male is much thinner and shorter. It’s legs are so fragile that they break off easily if caught by a predator: What a nice trick to escape! What’s more, it can regenerate the lost feet. The giant walking stick is seen in grape vines, oaks, and grasses of Indiana, Mexico, and Kentucky.
 
The Bullet Ant: The bullet ant features syringe-like retractable lance on their abdominal tip. The sting of a bullet ant is famous for injecting a potent nerve toxin that is as painful as being shot by a bullet. This is why the name “bullet” ant. Usually, the bullet ant lives in an underground colony featuring many chambers and tunnels. They are found in Nicaragua and Amazon basin.
 
The twisted-wing parasite or Strepsiptera: This type of Freakiest Insects displays gruesome lifestyle. They climb a flower and wait for an insect pollination during their larval stage. An adult male parasite emerges from the host, while an adult female remains in the host's body throughout her life.
The cave weta: They are omnivorous, nocturnal, weirdest insect seen throughout dark places and caves of New Zealand. This insect - harmless, deaf, and probably scared with the human beings - may look terrifying to you. Out of 70 different species of weta, the cave weta has the physical appearance of a cockroach and a cricket. They have a life span of seven years.
 
The jungle nymph: This Australian native insect has a flat and wide body that measures over 6 inches. And if you look it from a distance, you would surely mistake the nymph for a leaf. They are herbivorous and love eating all sorts of flowers, leaves, and branches.
 
Be it rainforest insects or some of the freakiest insects found elsewhere, they form a group representing more than half of all living organisms.

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