Pests are those animals who cause harm to plants as well as humans. In a word, they are a nuisance to us. They destroy the plants we sow, thereby causing a loss in farming and vegetation. At the same time, they can bring severe damage to human health by causing various diseases in us. They do a very good job at destroying livestock, forestry, and crops as well. Thus, it becomes essential to notice the moment there is a pest attack so that necessary actions can be taken to prevent them from harming us. However, that being said, it is interesting to notice that some very weird pests around the world have peculiar features and characteristics that are sure to astonish us. So, let us take have a look at some of these weird pests.
The Hercules Beetle
The Hercules Beetle is also known in many places as the Rhinoceros beetle. It is the longest beetle in the entire world, and astonishingly, it is also the strongest creature on planet earth, given its size. Surprisingly, a Hercules beetle can carry almost 850 times the weight of itself, which in plain language is nearly equal to one person carrying seven elephants on his back!
The Hercules beetle feeds on rotting wood, and it is in this very wood, they tend to stay during the two years that they take to develop fully. They feed on decaying as well as fresh fruits like peaches, apples, or grapes.
The Giant Long-Legged Katydid
The giant long-legged katydids are also known as bush crickets. They almost look like giant grasshoppers. These creatures are the most active during the nighttime, and they have an excellent hiding mechanism, given they look like the green leaves of plants. Thus, they can easily hide among leaves. Surprisingly, some katydids can be much bigger than a human hand.
Some katydids are herbivorous like those found in Cuba while some are carnivorous like those found in Malaysia. It is weird to know that some people even prefer to have these katydids as pets. However, they keep the herbivorous ones. They have huge antennas which can grow up to three times their body size.
The Assassin Bug
Next, we shall talk about what is known as the assassin bug. This bug has a straw-like mouth which it uses to spray harmful toxins on its enemies and prey on them. These toxins are so potent that it can liquefy the surface on which it falls. The bug then sucks up the dead enemy!
Some assassin bugs are the ambush bug or the wheel bug who pray on their enemies like this. These bugs are very efficient at hunting down various prey, including other bugs like bees, caterpillars, and flies. Some of these bugs are of very bright colors, while most of them are greyish or brownish.
The Giant Burrowing Cockroach
The giant burrowing cockroach is also known as the rhinoceros cockroach in many places. Among the cockroach species, the giant burrowing cockroach is the heaviest because it weighs up to almost 35 grams like a golf ball’s weight.They get their name because they tend to borrow into the ground as long as nearly one meter.
These cockroaches are primarily found in Australia, and they live permanently in the burrows that they dig up in semi-arid regions where sandy soil is found. They usually come up from their burrows at night and feed upon dry leaves, and they even tend to take some down with them. It is interesting to know that the mother cockroaches bear up to 30 live young for a long time till they mature.
As their names suggest, thorn bugs look exactly like thorns. These bugs usually have a very cool-looking thorn of bright color that sticks out of their heads. Part of the treehopper family, these bugs are unique and dangerous.
They are usually tall, essentially perpendicular and the dangerous thorn on their heads is very useful in keeping birds and other animals at bay who might have preyed upon them.
Now that we have some ideas about them, if anyone requires any more information about such pests, they can freely contact us at A Plus Pest Control. We offer customized services for pest infestations.