Strange and Funny Insects and Bugs
I do not like bugs! I would never in my life have thought I could call a bug cute or funny. However, lately I have been seeing pictures of some very strange, cute and funny bugs. I do not hope to meet these creatures in real life, but I thought I would share some of them with you.
Theridion grallator--The Happy Face Spider
The Happy Face Spider is only found in Hawaii. In fact it is only found on the islands of Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and Hawaii. This tiny spider grows to be approximately 5mm (just under 1/4 inch). I found the fact that it guards it's eggs and catches prey for it's offspring to be very interesting. I never knew that insects did this. Scientists are not really sure if the face-like markings serve any type of purpose.
Information on Happy Faced Spider
Now here is a grasshopper with attitude. I can just hear him saying, "Are you looking at me?!" No wonder they are the bad guys in the movie "A Bug's Life"! In some countries, like Mexico and China, grasshoppers are eaten. This one looks as if he would bite back!
Information on Grasshoppers
This one looks a little worried. I suppose if I was a katydid out of my usual home of forest and green leaves, I would be worried also. The katydid is a delicacy for many animals and some insects including, bats, birds, spiders, snakes, frogs, toads and more! Ohhh, poor little guy!
- BioKIDS - Kids' Inquiry of Diverse Species, Tettigoniidae, katydids: INFORMATION
BioKIDS - Kids' Inquiry of Diverse Species
Is it just me or does this spider look like it's about to cry? Can you see the trembly lower lip, the downward turn of the mouth, the overly bright eyes? Yup, this insect is very sad. Why do you suppose he is sad? Jumping spiders are predators who actively stalk their prey instead of making webs and waiting for it. Looks like the last one got away!
Jumping Spider Information
- Jumping Spider - Spider Facts and Information
There are more than 500 different genera of jumping spiders family and around 5,000 species.
This is one bug-eyed bug! The eyes are such a lovely shade of purple. Most robber flies eat other insects and do not usually bother humans. Robber flies are also known as assassin flies because they will wait quietly for prey to pass and then quickly pounce on it. They will often eat insects larger than themselves. Hard to believe the one fly I think is cute is a robber and assassin.
Robber Fly Information
- Robber Fly: pictures, information, classification and more
Information on Robber Fly - pictures, articles, classification and more
This praying mantis seems to be saying "glad to meetcha!" But don't let it's friendly appearance fool you, mantises have been known to eat small frogs, lizards and even hummingbirds. Their main diet is other insects, but cannibalism is always an option in their world. Notice the many spikes on the front legs. The praying mantis can move with lightning speed to capture it's prey in those spikes.
Mantises are the only insect able to move it's head around 180 degrees. Imagine being able to see your back! It can also see movement for up to 60 feet away. These large insects can grow up to 6 inches and live up to 12 months.
Praying Mantis Information
- About the praying mantis | Keeping Insects
A praying mantis is an insect species with long front legs that are designed for clasping prey. Mantids can be kept as pets when they are properly taken care
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