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These are the seven creeping ‘creepy insects’ that you don’t need to be afraid of

Sydney: Most animals on Earth are invertebrates (without backbones) – such as insects, the spider family, and hard-shelled water creatures. These amazing animals are very important to our ecosystem: they are pollinators, pest controllers, soil builders and waste managers. Invertebrates also serve as food for countless other animals. Despite all their hard work, many of these creatures are often described as creepy creatures. Their strange-looking bodies may seem like a nightmare, but most invertebrate species are harmless to humans.

In fact, the scariest thing about invertebrates is that they are quietly disappearing from our planet. Here let’s talk about seven fascinating yet scary crawling creatures that you don’t have to be afraid of. Social hunter spiders (Delena carcinoides) Native to Australia, social predator spiders live in large family groups under the loose bark of dried up or drying trees. Don’t worry, social huntsman spiders are extremely gentle that rarely bite humans (and cause minimal harm when they do). Unlike most spider species, social predators live together in groups with one large adult female and have up to 300 offspring.

Many spiders share food in front of a single insect
Spiders aggressively defend their home against outsiders, suggesting they have the ability to recognize outsiders from their clan. At night, these predators come out of their community home to hunt insects. If there are many spiders in front of the same insect on getting prey, then instead of fighting with each other, they divide the food among themselves. Indeed, spider species would prefer to starve rather than eat a fellow spider. By eating large numbers of insects, social predators or social hauntsmen help keep insect populations under control. Giant Cockroaches (Macropanesthea rhinocerus) Cockroaches are considered one of the most feared and malleable insects in the world – which is not true of them, as most cockroaches are harmless animals that play an important role in our natural environment.

Take the giant cockroach found in the warm tropical and subtropical forests of Australia. It is the world’s heaviest species of gentle giant cockroach, weighing about 30-35 grams. Unlike its infamous relatives, the giant cockroach is not a pest and prefers to spend most of its time in underground burrows. Giant cockroaches feed on dried eucalyptus leaves, which they collect and drag into their burrows. By moving and mixing the soil during this time, giant cockroaches help keep the soil healthy. They are excellent mothers who feed and take care of their babies for nine months after birth. The giant cockroach is also surprisingly long-lived, reaching a lifespan of up to 10 years.

Horror to look at the Baphomet insect that swells up
Baphomate moth (Creatonotos gangis) The oddly inflated baphomate moth can be intimidating to watch – but in reality these moths are just looking for love. When male Baphomet moths sense the female’s presence, they inflate huge, tent-like organs called “koramata”, which create a unique chemical bouquet to seduce the female. As caterpillars, male baphomate moths eat leaves of plants that contain chemicals called pyrrolizidine alkaloids to make their female-attractive scents. Plants produce these alkaloids to deter animals from munching on the plants, but Baphomate moths have developed a way to convert these chemicals into their alluring scent.

Black Soldier Fly Maggots (Hermatia iluscens) This vast community of insects may not seem like one of nature’s wonders, but the larvae of the Black Soldier fly are recycling superheroes that may one day help humanity cut down on food waste. can help. Soldier fly worms rapidly eat food through a unique process that physicists have dubbed the “maggot fountain”. The incredible speed at which maggots prevent food waste has attracted the attention of scientists, who hope to use soldier fly maggots to convert waste products such as animal feces and food waste into maggot-based proteins , which can be fed to animals or humans.

Shy animals prefer to live in moist habitats
yum! Tailless whip scorpions (Amblypigi) Don’t go by their name, tailless whip scorpions are not actually scorpions, but belong to an unusual group of insects called amblypigi. Despite their fearsome appearance, amblypygids lack venom and are timid animals that rarely bite unless they are threatened. These shy animals prefer to hide in moist habitats such as in leaf litter, inside caves or under bark. Amblypigi have long front legs which act as feelers and help them locate their prey. Once prey is detected, amblypygids use their sharp pedipalps to crush their prey. Some of these species exhibit complex social behavior, with mothers staying with and caring for their young for up to a year.

Giant Elephant Mosquito (Toxorhynchites speciosus) Few things in life are as frightening as the loud sound of a mosquito in the dark. Now imagine that a giant mosquito is five times bigger than your average mosquito might think. An astonishing 8 mm in length, the Australian elephant mosquito is the largest mosquito species in the world. But fear not, these giant mosquitoes are herbivores. Yes most female mosquitoes require a blood meal to provide nutrients to their growing eggs. Female elephant mosquitoes feed on other aquatic insects and collect essential nutrients. And it’s even better, because the elephant is the mosquito’s favorite food… the larvae of other mosquitoes!

A strange similarity between a scorpion fly and a scorpion
The common scorpion fly (Panorpa) bears a peculiar resemblance between a scorpion fly and a scorpion. With a terrifying habit of eating fresh human corpses, his appearance is so frightening as to remind you of a horror movie. Fortunately, scorpions, as their name suggests, are not flying scorpions, nor are they capable of harming a human. In fact, the scorpion’s “sting” is enlarged but has genitals! During courtship, male scorpions try to entice females by offering them either a dead insect or a drop of saliva. Scorpion flies are mostly scavengers and are often seen stealing prey from spider webs.

(Tanya Latti, University of Sydney)



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