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. 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.
- Maui, Hawaii, Spider Guarding Eggs, Photo of the Day, Picture, Photography, Wallpapers - National Ge
National Geographic Photo of the Day: Spider Guarding Eggs, Maui, Hawaii, 2001. You can get this spider as a wallpaper by going to this link
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!
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!
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 predator who actively stalk their prey instead of making webs and waiting for it. Looks like the last one got away!
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.
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. 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.
Here Are Some Great New Pictures
- Animal Discoveries of The Past Decade
Go to the 15th slide and check out the pink-eyed katydid! Sooo cute! Not the other Katydid, though, that one looks mean, kicking at people and all...