12 Strange Insects with Real Life Superpowers


Top 12 Insects With Shocking and Bizarre Superpowers Number One – Trap-Jaw Ant No known predator demonstrates a faster bite than the trap-jaw ant. The force of this snapping jaw can exceed 300 times the ants entire body weight. The jaw of this ant is so powerful that in the case of an emergency, it can launch itself backwards by pressing its jaw to the ground. Now that’s what I call a perfect emergency escape! Number Two – Singing Penis Bug The loudest animal on earth relative to its body size is the Water Boatman, also known as the singing penis bug. The Water Boatman performs a process called stridulation where it sings by rubbing its penis along abdominal grooves. The resulting melodies can be as loud as an orchestra and can reach up to 100 decibels. Number Three – The Orchid Mantis The orchid mantis often has a pinkish white pattern that makes it blend in with beautiful flowers, specifically orchids, hence its name. The Orchid Mantis which prefers humid and warm environments such as a rain forest, looks black and orange when it’s still young. However, as it gets older, its colors fade to match its surroundings. Number Four – Firefly The Firefly is known for its flashing light and its lantern is very complex. When the special chemicals found in the abdomen meet oxygen, the fireflies belly creates the light with no heat. This amazing light is used to communicate by creating perfectly timed, precise patterns to help find a suitable mate. Number Five – Hawk Moth Caterpillar A particular hawk moth caterpillar from Brazil, when threatened, pulls in its legs and head, inflates its thorax and exposes markings on its abdomen causing it to look like a snake. The brown head of this illusionary snake is actually the underside of the caterpillar. Number Six – The Cockroach Scientists have discovered that the brain of a cockroach contains nine antibiotic molecules that protected from veracious lethal bacteria. These antibacterial molecules are more powerful than the antibiotics we use today and can easily cure E Coli and MRSA, a bacterial infection more deadly than AIDS. Number Seven – Dung Beetle The Dung Beetle is primarily known for eating feces. The horned males of the species are very aggressive and known to fight head-to-head with each other for mates. Scientists found the Dung Beetle to be one of the strongest insects, capable of pulling 1141 times its own body weight. Number Eight – Bombardier Beetle When the bombardier beetle feels threatened, it has the incredible ability to fire hot mixture of chemical solutions strong enough to seriously hurt its enemies. This toxic solution can reach a whopping temperature of 100 degrees Celsius. Number Nine – Darwin’s Bark Spider The Darwin’s Bark Spider likes to build its web above rivers and lakes. It makes some of the strongest and largest webs on the planet and can reach over 80 feet in length. This creepy creatures webbing is stronger than Kevlar and 25 times stronger than steel. Number Ten – Ironclad Beetle The Ironclad Beetle is the tank of the insect world. It possesses the hardest exoskeleton of any arthropod in existence. You will likely need a power drill to get through its shell. Playing dead is another superpower of the Ironclad Beetle. They are so amazingly good at playing dead, that they’re being decorated and sold as living fashion accessories by Mexican jewelers. Number Eleven – Housefly While a flies eyes are immobile, due to their spherical shape and protrusion from the head, they give the fly an almost 360 degree view of the world. Flies can see the world in slow motion, sensing danger long before it strikes and they instinctively move out of the way. This means that sneaking up on one is next to impossible. Once the flyswatter comes into view, it takes the fly just 100 milliseconds to spot it and calculate the exact escape route needed to get away. Number Twelve – Voodoo Wasp This bizarre insect likes to lay its eggs inside a caterpillar. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae feed off of the caterpillars blood carefully avoiding vital organs. When mature, the larvae chew through the caterpillars thick skin while releasing chemicals that paralyze the caterpillar. They cocoon themselves to a nearby branch and the caterpillar now officially a zombie, becomes their bodyguard. It spins an extra layer of its own cocoon and guards the pupae from invaders. The caterpillar stays and guards the cocoons until it dies from starvation. While the Voodoo Wasp isn’t the only wants to gestate its young inside a living host and it’s not the only parasite to affect host behavior, it certainly is the first known insect to combine these two horrific tactics. Thanks for watching! Don’t forget to like and share this video and subscribe for more!

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