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10 Of The World’s Most Fascinating Yet Disturbing Bugs

They must be aliens sent from outer space.

Insects are among the most fascinating yet frightening creatures in the world. It’s either you hate them or you’ll love them enough to appreciate them and be in awe of their unique characteristics.

But beyond the usual bugs that you see at home or in your garden, there are more that are somehow creepy but captivating at the same time. Below is a list of some of the most disturbing insects found around the world.

#1. Lymantrid moth (Calliteara pudibunda)

The Lymantrid moth is commonly found in beech forests in Denmark. Each female moth is capable of laying 300-400 eggs, which she usually does just near the place where she metamorphosed into a moth. The caterpillar of a Lymantrid moth is extremely hairy and these hairs are easily transported by the wind. The caterpillar fully grows by autumn with vibrant colors and reaches a length of about five centimeters long.

#2. Devil’s Flower Mantis (Idolomantis diabolica)

Are you horrified by the site of a praying mantis? Check this guy out! It’s a different species, obviously — one that’s more flamboyant and colorful it almost looks like a plant. Don’t underestimate this bug because it is also called the “King of all Mantids.” That’s because they are a gigantic species that are pretty rare. This mantis can grow very large, with females able to reach a length of about 10 centimeters.

#3. Damselfly (Ischnura heterosticta)

Source: Keith Truman

Damselflies belong to the insect order Odonata, under the suborder Zygoptera. Physically, they look like dragonflies but only that they have slimmer abdomens. These graceful flying insects are usually found near shallow, freshwater habitats. Not to mention, their color makes nature even more beautiful.

#4. Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia) caterpillar

Source: Jay Cossey

This moth species happens to be the largest moth in North America, with recorded wingspan length of six inches. The Cecropia moths belong to the family of giant silk moths, the Saturniidae.

The larvae are usually found on Maple trees, but they have been found to feed on Birch and wild cherry trees. A female Cecropia moth with a wingspan measuring 130 mm has been recorded.

#5. Calleta Silkmoth (Eupackardia calleta)

Just like Cecropia moths, the Calleta silkmoth belongs to the Saturniidae family. It’s commonly found in Guatemala, Mexico and in the southernmost parts of the U.S, where it feeds on purple sage. What’s fascinating about this caterpillar is the particularly vibrant turquoise-colored crowns or studs on its body.

#6. Orchid mantis (Hymenopus coronatu)

This mantis species is a master of disguise resembling the orchid flower. Orchid mantises are usually found in Indonesia and Malaysia. Their camouflage skills make them excellent predators.

#7. Hercules Beetle (Dynastes Hercules)

This gigantic beetle can grow up to more than six inches in length, which includes its massive horns. It’s aptly called Hercules beetle because of its strength. Its shell can support 850 times its own weight. Although it looks disturbingly big, this beetle is actually harmless and they are not aggressive. Except, perhaps, when other males are around fighting over females.

Watch the video below on the amazing transformation of a Hercules beetle.

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#8. Giant Camel Spider (Arachnid Solifugae)

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People would never have heard of this frightening arachnid if it weren’t for the stories from U.S. servicemen. It was said that the spider hitched a ride on a soldier’s sleeping bag, biting him while he was asleep. The good thing is that this Iraq-native species is not venomous. What’s interesting about these spiders is that they’re fast, able to run about 10 mph. dwl)

#9. Giant water bugs (Belostomatidae)

The insects belonging to the Belostomatidae are known as giant water bugs. Most of the species in the family are large in size. They can be efficient predators that are able to take down their prey, which include fish, amphibians and other aquatic crustaceans. They lie still at the bottom of the water, waiting for their prey. With their potent digestive saliva, they inject the animals and liquefy them.

What’s more frightening is that their bite can inflict permanent damage to humans. And in case you’re wondering what those utterly disgusting things on its back, they’re its eggs.

#10.Leopard Moth (<em>Hypercompe scribonia</em>)

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Its pattern is mesmerizing but it’s actually the giant leopard moth’s way of saying “I don’t taste good. Leave me alone.” What’s interesting to note about this species is that its mating sessions last rather long — taking more than 24 hours.

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Tragic Moment Baby Rhino Tries to Suckle From Dead Mother Killed By Poachers

Wake up mom, I’m hungry!

A heartbreaking moment of a calf trying to suckle milk from her dead mother was caught in camera. The older rhino was, unfortunately, put into demise after being hacked off by poachers.

The video was filmed at a national park located in South Africa. It shows a younger rhino desperately trying to feed on its dead parent. The latter can be seen lying unresponsively. This is reportedly the 11th killing at the said site, and it all happened in just four weeks.

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This Company Lets You Install Observational Beehives In Your Living Room

Not only will you see bees in action, you will also get to understand their crucial role in an urban setting!

The sad reality that we are facing today is the consistent decline in the bee population. Yes, this is true – and it has been that way for a long time already. Unfortunately, among the known causes of bee population decline are the loss of habitat and modern industrial farming methods.

If you think this is the least of your problems, then you certainly do not know a thing or two about nature. You see, bees are the ones responsible for pollinating most of the plants on the planet. And these plants, apparently, are the kinds that we human beings rely upon food. If not for these creatures, it is almost impossible for this cycle to happen. In order to encounter this nightmarish event, experts have come up with a couple of innovative solutions. BEEcosystem, in particular, has developed a system of wall-mounted observation hives, all of which can be easily expanded in a hexagonal, honeycomb style.

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Six-Inch Long Centipede Cuddles With Hatchlings In Skin-Crawling Footage

Do you find this creepy or cute?

It's heartwarming to see videos of momma animals cuddling with their cute newborn babies. Most of the time, such an adorable sight would easily make our day bright. But will you still find it cute if the mom and baby -- or in this case, babies -- belong to the creepy-crawly species?

A Filipino real-estate agent managed to capture a video of a six-inch centipede embracing its 80 hatchlings. The video has since garnered millions of views and somehow confused netizens as to how they should feel about it.

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