Many people consider insects the creepiest and scariest creatures on the planet, and we can understand that. Finding a huge cockroach in your bed is anything but a nice encounter, that is for sure. On the other hand, some insects can actually be very cool. Adapted to survive in nearly all environments, insects are the most diverse group of animals on Earth, including more than a million described species and representing more than half of all known living organisms. Scientists estimate insects potentially represent over 90% of the differing animal life forms on Earth, which is truly an astonishing number. Considering the incredible abundance of insects, it comes as no surprise that there are also some really bizarre insect species out there. While some insects might shock us just with their appearance, others are capable of things that will put other animals and even us humans to shame. To give you just a little glimpse of how amazing the insect world actually is, we compiled this post with 25 Incredible Insects Sure to Leave You Amazed. To find out what insect can make you deaf, how long a termite queen can live or what insect´s bite is compared to being shot by a gun, check out these incredible insects that are sure to amaze you.
Named after the biblical giant Goliath, the Goliath beetle is the largest insect in terms of bulk and weight. In the larval stage, it can weigh up to 100 gm (3.5 oz); While adults are only about half this weight, they can measure up to 11 cm (4.3 in) for males and 8 cm (3.1 in) for females.
Out of about 3,200 known species of treehoppers, most have very bizarre appearances. With a very short life span of just a few months, treehoppers are known for their enlarged and ornate pronotum which often resembles thorns, apparently to aid camouflage.
One of the largest and heaviest insects in the world, the giant weta is native to New Zealand. With some specimens recorded to weigh in over 70 g (2.5 oz.), the giant weta is a great example of island gigantism as the bug evolved on a secluded island with few natural predators to restrict its growth.
What makes the hummingbird hawk-moth a unique insect species is its striking resemblance to an actual hummingbird. The moth´s prolonged proboscis even mimics the bird´s beak. The Hummingbird hawk-moth is distributed throughout the northern Old World from Portugal to Japan but is resident only in warmer climates.
Scientifically known as Nepidae, water scorpions are aquatic heteropteran insects that look like a mix between beetle and scorpion. Totally harmless to humans, these creatures mostly feed on other aquatic insects such as mosquito larvae and diving beetles, but they have been known to kill and eat even small fish and frogs.