1. Brazilian Treehopper

What’s going on with this critter? Scientists do not honestly even know. It has a number of peculiar appendages on its back which turn out to be hollow chitin balls. Their purpose? Completely unknown at this point. It is one odd looking insect, and we still have no idea why it looks the way it does.

  1. Flower Mantis

Reach to pick one of these colorful little flowers and you will probably shriek with surprise when you realize that what you really have in your hand is a creepy crawly known as the Flower Mantis. This mantis can come in many different colors and shapes. Some species have what looks like two huge eyes sticking up on top—just more coloration. You might still find it as a pretty as a flower, if you aren’t a xenophobe—and even more delicate. Orchid mantises in particular are widely considered quite beautiful.

  1. Little Barrier Island Giant Weta

If you are squeamish and not a fan of locusts and the like, you will probably want to steer clear of the Little Barrier Island of New Zealand. Here you can find one of the biggest insects in the world, measuring 3 and a half inches in length and weighing 2.5 ounces. Yes, that is about the size of your hand.

  1. Goliath Beetle

Yes, insects can get even bigger. This beetle can grow up to four inches in length, and weighs even more than the locust described above. They are native to Africa and are sometimes kept as pets. They love protein, and can be fed dog or cat food or even baby food (cue up “awwwww, that’s adorable!” from insect lovers). Keeping a Goliath Beetle may hold some of the same appeal as keeping a tarantula, without the need to feed it mice.

  1. Hercules Beetle

This beetle may not be the largest on the planet, but it is the strongest. Not only is it the strongest insect on the planet, but it is also the strongest animal, period. It can carry up to 850 times its own weight on its back.

Description Collected from:

http://www.conservationinstitute.org/10-strangest-insects-in-the-world/

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