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Weirdest Looking Insects

January 21st, 2016

Weirdest Looking Insects

Check out these top 10 weirdest looking insects below!

Number 10: Tailed Emperor Butterfly Caterpillar

This butterfly can be found in Australia during the springtime. The body of this caterpillar resembles a normal caterpillar, however its head is covered in armor and pointy horns. Truly bizarre in the insect kingdom!

Number 9: Puss Moth Caterpillar

Considered one of the must toxic insects in North America, the puss moth caterpillar resembles a Persian cat, perhaps where the name “puss” came from.

Number 8: Giant Prickly Stick Insect

This giant insect is native to Papua New Guinea. The giant prickly stick insect is not only giant, but it also blends seamlessly in with its surroundings. When threatened, the prickly sick released a chemical that smells like peanut butter.

Number 7: Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar

This caterpillar feeds on the plant Aristolochia, which is also known as pipevine. After resembling a red licorice, these caterpillar transform into beautiful black and blue butterflies.

Number 6: Hickory Horned Devil

The hickory horned devil is covered in spikes in order to ward off predators. Eventually this caterpillar transforms into a gorgeous Regal Moth.

Number 5: Spiny Flower Mantis

Bright and happy looking, the spiny flower mantis, like other mantids is a cannibal. Females measure up to just under 2 inches!

Number 4: Scorpionfly

The scorpionfly is not as dangerous as it looks; the scorpion “stinger” is actually a part of the bugs’ genitalia. Some scientists believe that is related to both moths and butterflies.

Number 3: Antlion

This Antlion, also known as a doodlebug, can be found throughout Europe. This insect’s appearance is covered in fur, giving it a “lion” look.

Number 2: Goliath Beetle

The goliath beetle is about the size of an adult human hand, however they are thankfully harmless!

Number 1: Brazilian treehopper

The Brazilian treehopper has several “globes” on top of its head, and scientists are still stumbled as to why. These bugs feed off sap from plant stems, maybe the bulbs have something to do with that?

Check out some pictures HERE!

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