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Strange and Funny Insects and Bugs

Updated on July 31, 2017
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I was a registered nurse for 25+ years. Working mainly in the operating room, I've been everything from staff nurse to Director of Nursing.

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. 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.  

Grasshopper

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!

Katydid

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!

Jumping Spider

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!

Robber Fly

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.

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.

© 2009 Kari Poulsen

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      Kari Poulsen 10 days ago from Ohio

      Thank you, Ben. It's funny, but the older I get, the less bugs bother me. I still hate ants and others in the house, but beetles and spiders I will catch and put outside. :)

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      Ben Reed 11 days ago from Redcar

      I love this hub. Strange but funny and compulsive reading.

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      rand 6 years ago

      it was great and osome

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      Google reklam ver 6 years ago

      Love this hub, great work well done, thanks for sharing it.

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      A Ercoli 6 years ago

      Love this hub, great work well done, thanks for sharing it.

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      oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

      K@ri. Hi. A great hub with terrific information on these bugs and insects.

      Our Grandchildren absolutely love bugs and insects, and have been taught which they can touch and which they can't.

      I absolutely hate spiders and that Jumping Spider looks like it has a horrible sense of humor, would not like to meet him on a dark night, or anytime really.

      Thanks for sharing, it was very interesting to read. :) :)

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      Kari Poulsen 6 years ago from Ohio

      Gross, yes...every time I read this hub, I itch. But you must admit, as bugs go, these are pretty cute! :D

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      sherry novick 6 years ago

      there right there grose,anoying and funny

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      hi, Glad I could help! Thanks for letting me know. :D

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      hi  7 years ago

      thank you you helped me with my project :)

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      InsaneClown, LOL! I'm not sure I want to see the bug that could creep out chuck!

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      InsaneClown 7 years ago

      i enjoy bugs, u should check out the picture of the camel spider, those things would even creep chuck norris out lol, its been one of those days so im a little off, nyways, i look forward to more posts.

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      LOL, I see you feel the same as me...how could we like bugs?!

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      www.seslichattv.com 7 years ago

      Oh very well i like

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      marco, LOL...and yikes! :D

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      marcofratelli 8 years ago from Australia

      Aye carumba! Those spiders make you look twice don't they? You don't know what you're looking at, so you move closer and *bite* - that's their secret! lol

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Dania, They are very cute aren't they? :D

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      Dania 8 years ago

      i really like insects and these little beautiful insects makes me like them more.thanks a lot...dania

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Chat, Glad you like them! :D

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      Chat Sohbet Muhabbet 8 years ago

      Thanks Admin

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      Chat 8 years ago

      Beautiful world of insects TahkS

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Evergreen, I found it very amusing to find that they can. :D

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      Evergreen Spaces 8 years ago from http://evergreen-spaces.homestead.com/

      Even bugs can take good photos.

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Ellandriel, The happy spider is what inspired me to write this hub, I just had to share it! Thanks!

      socio, Thank you! I hate insects, but these were to good to pass up! :))

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      socio-literature 8 years ago from Ireland

      Beautiful world of insects....Intresting and informative blogs....congrats...

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      Ellandriel 8 years ago from Portugal

      The happy spider is awesome!

      nice topic!

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Erick, That is really cool...I have not gotten any really good pics myself, but if you do I will post them here if you like. :D

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      Erick Smart 8 years ago

      Cool pics! I received a high power macro lens for my camera as a gift. I have been taking pics of flowers and leafs with bugs on them. Once I really stop and look at the images there are some interesting insects all around us.

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      someonewhoknows, Yes, big, ugly guys...but cute in their own way! LOL

      mythbuster, So, you see it too? I really don't like spiders, but that poor little thing... :D

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      mythbuster 8 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      I think the jumping spider, indeed, looks like it is about to cry

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      someonewhoknows 8 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      B  IG

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      May, I would get more traffic if I did, but I don't think I could go far enough to call any bug sexy! LOL, I guess I'm pretty empathetic to see their expressions (or is that a little kooky?)

      shamelabbousch, I have an extreme aversion to bugs! I love the robber fly's eyes in the picture...as long as it's not in person, I'm happy.

      Birte, It's funny how they seem to have expressions. I would probably not get close enough in real life to see them though!

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      BirteEdwards 8 years ago

      Not one for bugs, like you, but you bring good points across

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      shamelabboush 8 years ago

      Bugs give me the chills...brrr.... but robber fly is cute :)

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      mayhmong 8 years ago from North Carolina

      You should of named this as sexy bugs! LOL

      I can't believe you saw their facial expression in those creepy form?!

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Paper Moon, Was it the slight translucency...the teeny tiny size...or dragging the eggs around? All of those give me the heebe geebe's! But you've got to admit, the smile is sooo cute. :D

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      Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

      That spider up top gives me the heebe geebe's. :O

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      CC, Good to see you! I don't like spiders in person...it doesn't matter if they take cute pictures or not! Praying mantises are related to cockroaches, I forgot to add that in...probably because I could have done without the knowledge. LOL--The next one is on zombies, ghouls and clowns, just published it.

      men AD, I really don't like bugs! Finding the pictures made me itch all over!!! LOL, but that happy face spider was too funny.

      l1 blonde, I couldn't have said it better myself. :D

      Thanks ripplemaker! I loved Charlotte, but I wasn't too sure about all her babies. LOL

      Raven King, My favorites were the happy face spider and the katydid. Thanks for stopping by!

      Jerilee, I've had jumping spiders jump on me and I did not like it one bit! I agree, I wouldn't like them on me, but seeing the happy face in person would be interesting.

      James, Thanks for coming along through the jungle!

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      That was a nice journey. Interesting shots of the bugs and good writing, too. I enjoyed it.

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      Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

      Not sure I'd want to meet the Jumping Spider, but I'd love to see the Happy Face Spider just once as long as it was outside and not on me. Wonderful hub!

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      Raven King 8 years ago from Cabin Fever

      Wow you really caught some smiling cute bugs.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      K@ri, I'm not really fond of spiders. But when I saw Charlotte's web, awwwww it became somewhat different. Hahahaha I love the way how you described them to us. :-)

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      l1blonde 8 years ago

      I am like you I do not like bugs. But I will admit these are interesting and cute.

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      men are dorks 8 years ago from Namibia

      Yug, ugly but pretty. I watch animal planet a lot and have seen a few of your featured actors there. Vey interresting

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      C. C. Riter 8 years ago

      Kewl! don't much car for spiders even tho' some are very cool and pretty. Did you also know that some preying mantis' eat birds? If they were big emough we'd be on the menu. LOL thanks lassie for a fun hub next in line snakes?