Strange looking Insects

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Some can fly, some just crawl and there are some that can walk on water. They can be helpful or deadly and we deal with them nearly every day.They are the most diverse group of animals in the world. They are called---Insects. The number of species that are still in existence is estimated at between six and ten million. They make up more than half of all known living organisms and can be found in nearly all environments.

Since we encounter them nearly every day, you and I really do not pay that much attention to them. However, evolution has made adaptations to some due to their environment and other conditions, that once seen, they will not be so easily forgotten. Take a look at the spider in the picture here in this frame.

Here is a look at some of the Strangest Looking Insects.

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The Scorpionfly is not the result of a genetic experiment that placed a scorpion stinger onto a wasp. The stinger is actually part of their genitals. They are not harmful to humans.

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Another insect that looks as if it was a genetic experiment combining two different animals. Sorry, it isn`t, it is just nature. The Scorpion-tailed spider is so named because of the female’s strange looking abdomen and in having a “tail” similar to that of a scorpion. Only the female has a tail; the male looks more like an ordinary spider and is much smaller. These creatures are found in Australia and they seem to be completely harmless.

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They are called "Orb Weavers" because of the circular webs they spin. The spines on there backs are a protection feature against birds. It is not dangerous to humans.

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This animal is closely related to the black widow spider and found is found in Hawaii, where it is known as nananana makaki’i. It is not known to be dangerous to humans in any way. Because it is only found in Hawaii, it is considered endangered because of its limited range and the reduction of its natural habitat.

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The Brazilian Treehopper leads solitary life for the most part and prefers to stay away from any sort of interaction with any animal or insect it encounters. Its unusual growths on the thorax make it difficult for predators to swallow it. This is an example of an evolutionary trait to help in its defense against predators.

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It is found in Central and also South America. The Hercules Beetle is so called because of its amazing toughness. It has the ability to bring loads up to 850 times its own physical body weight.

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The Phasmatodea, an order of insects, whose members are also known as stick insects or stick bugs. Their natural camouflage makes them difficult for predators to detect, but many species have another line of defense in the form spines or toxic secretions.

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This odd-looking fly is the Beetle fly. It is also called Beetle-backed fly and can be found in tropical Asia and Africa. As its name implies, it does not look like a fly but looks like a beetle. It is a family of insects of the order Diptera with an estimate of 90 species.

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This is one of the largest species of praying mantis, possibly the largest that mimics flowers. The Devils Flower Mantis or Idolomantis diabolica can be found in Africa, most notably in Tanzania.

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There are around 1.5 million ants on the planet for every human and over 12,000 different species. One of the more interesting species of ant are the Cephalotes ants, also known as the door-headed ants. These ants make their nests in holes in trees formed by wood boring beetles or abandoned ant hills. Some fave been reported to use this adaptation to "fly" a short distance.

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Living in the mountainous of Malaysia, these insects, related to the grasshopper and cricket are the largest of their kind in the world.

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A maggot of the Bluebottle Fly is usually born in feces and it is also their first meal.

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Found in South America, it’s sharp mandibles they are able to slice a pencil in half and easily tear through human flesh.

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Another flying giant insect that is found in the Caribbean and the continent of South America.

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They live everywhere except Antarctica. They are named after the large thorn sticking out of their head.

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These large, biting flies inhabit much of mid-continental Africa and feed on blood. The bite can transmit the parasite that causes the African Sleeping Sickness.

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The giant spider wasp hunts tarantulas as food for its larvae.

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They look as they can be destructive. In reality, they are just kindly caterpillars; they do little more than eat and metamorphose into beautiful looking moths.

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If eaten, they can be poisonous.

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They are not aliens, but bred for thousands of years to produce silk, these are strictly domestic caterpillars and their reproduction does not take place in the wild.

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