Strange Creatures

Strange and Unusual Insects

There are many kinds of insects that you can find here on Earth. In fact, there are around nine
hundred thousand species of insects known and likely millions more to discover. Insects
have the capabilities of being the creepiest creatures on our planet. Though there are some
insects that we’re already familiar with and we no longer find them unusual, they can still
make us cringe at times.

But since there are many more species of insects to discover, you will find more strange
and unusual ones when you explore. If you’re curious about weird insects and you think you can handle their appearances, then here are some of the strange and unusual insects we
found.

1. Leafhopper

Leafhopper

This is a small and colorful insect that can be found on a wide range of plants all
over the world. They do not grow more than 15 millimeters even when fully grown. A
group of this insect can cause severe damage to the plants and trees that they live in
because they eat the plant sap which is a vital fluid of plants.

2. Filbert Weevil

Filbert Weevil

This is one of the most unusual and beautiful insects in the world. Its long snout
gives it a unique look. But even though they look attractive, filbert weevils are
harmful and they feed on acorn of oak trees.

3. Australian Walking Stick

Australian Walking Stick

This insect is a native to Australia. It has a large curved body and they can grow
from 3 to 8 inches in length. Female Australian walking sticks are larger than males.
They live on eucalyptus trees because its leaves are their primary food. They have
claws on their feet which ensure them a better grip while climbing.

4. Hummingbird Moth

This is another one of the unusual but wonderful insects in the world. This moth
resembles a hummingbird because of its wings, long tongue, flight, movement, and
even it’s sound. They can be found in the warmer regions of Southern Europe and
Northern Africa. The wings of hummingbird moths can grow as long as 1.8 inches.
You will be able to spot them both at daytime and dusk hovering over flowers just
like hummingbirds.

5. Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug

This is a predatory bug that can be found all over the world and there are more than
700 species of them. Its size and color vary depending on what species it came
from but they typically have long body and legs. They are called assassin bugs
because they are great predators. They inject powerful saliva to their prey’s body
using their long rostrum. That bite is very painful.

6. Brazilian Treehopper

Brazilian Treehopper

The Brazilian treehopper is probably the strangest insect you will see. Its looks can
give you the chills especially when you notice the weird ornamentation they have on
their thorax. They live a solitary life. However, scientists still cannot tell what their
weird structure is for but they think it is their defense mechanism.

7. Giant Stick Insect

Giant Stick Insect

The giant stick insect is one of the weirdest insects you will ever see. They are long
and quite heavy just like real sticks. Some of them have really small wings and it’s
strange to see that they can fly. There are around 3000 species of sticks insects in
the world.

8. Hickory Horned Devil

Hickory Horned Devil

Unlike the usual caterpillars we see, this one looks really weird. The hickory horned
devil is a nocturnal caterpillar. They resemble bird droppings and during the day,
they curl up into a “j” shape.

9. Giant Water Bug

Giant Water Bug

This is one of the largest insects in the world and they can be found on ponds and
streams in different countries. They can grow up to 4 inches in length and can have
large and powerful claws. These claws can deliver an extremely painful bite. They make
surprise attacks on their preys once they come closer. After catching its prey, it
would immediately inject a strong enzyme to its prey using its claws. After that, they
will drink the leftover semi-liquid part of their prey.

10. Giant Weta

Giant Weta

This is one of the largest insects in the world and it is endemic to New Zealand. They
can grow up to 4 inches and weigh up to 35 grams. They have noticeably long legs
and antennas. They are unable to jump of fly because of their massive bodies. Aside
from having great size, another weird thing about them is how they breathe. It’s
because giant wetas don’t have lungs and they breathe through holes in their
exoskeleton.

11. Hercules Beetle

Hercules Beetle

This beetle is native to rainforests in Central America and they are one of the largest
insects in the world. The unusual characteristic that they have is their longhorn which is found on male Hercules beetles. These horns can grow up to 18 cm in length making them the longest beetles in the world. They are also strong because they can carry 850 times its body mass.

12. Scorpionfly

Scorpionfly

This insect resembles a scorpion because of its tail that is curled upward. The only
difference is it does not sting with their tail. They have elongated bodies, long
antennas, and long beaks. Their bodies are yellow, their heads are red, and they
have large eyes as well.

13. Driver Ants

Driver Ant

Driver ants are the type of ants that when you attack one of them, their entire colony,
which is up to 20 million ants, will take it personally and attack you back. In fact, they
can kill and consume small animals and larger invalid animals, even humans. They
have powerful bites and their jaws will remain locked on your skin even if you kill and
tear them apart. The natives, on the other hand, use these ants for emergency
stitches for wounds.

14. Flower Mantis

Flower Mantis

You might mistakenly pick this colorful little insect because it looks like a flower but
shriek with surprise once you realize that what you’re holding is a creepy crawly.
Flower mantises come in many different shapes as well as colors. There are some
which have two eyes sticking up on top. There are also orchid mantises which are
widely considered quite beautiful.

15. Twisted Wing Parasite

Twisted Wing Parasite

This insect is considered as a threat in the insect world. It’s because while it is still a
larva, it waits around for a bee or wasp to come along. After that, it jumps on board
and burrows into the host. It will then transform into a male or female second-stage
larva. Male twisted wing parasites will go out and look for a mate. Females, on the other hand,
remain inside the host and poke out her genitals. After she gets
pregnant, she will lay her eggs and the cycle will begin again.

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