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The Terrifying Tarantula Hawk Is Just As Horrible As It Sounds

There isn’t much that creeps me out more than massive spiders do.

Sure, tarantulas make great pets for a lot of people, but no matter how hard I try to picture them the way their beloved owners do, I just can’t see past their giant fangs. However, if I had to choose between getting bitten by one or being stung by this insect, I’d immediately pick the spider bite.

Wasps are already horrible creatures, but tarantula hawks are a special kind of horrible. It is a spider wasp that actually hunts tarantulas.

Because of their ability to adapt to different climates, these freaky critters can be found in a variety of areas, including India, Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, the U.S., and South America. They actually happen to be the state insect of New Mexico.

The wasps’ blue-black bodies (and huge stingers) serve as a warning to potential predators that they pack an incredibly painful sting.

When a female is ready to lay her egg, she hunts and stings a tarantula. After the spider is paralyzed by her venom, she drags it to her nest, where she lays an egg on its abdomen.

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As soon as the larva hatches, it digs its way into the tarantula’s body and eats its insides while the tarantula is still alive. What’s worse is that it purposely tries to keep the spider alive by staying away from its vital organs as long as possible.

Surprisingly, tarantula hawks are pretty docile when it comes to human interaction and don’t attack unless provoked. When they do sting, however, you have to suffer through excruciating pain and possible paralysis for up to five minutes. The only insect sting more painful is that of the bullet ant.

Read More: This Elephant Charged Across A River To Save A Man She Thought Was Drowning!

If you’re wondering exactly how nasty a tarantula hawk sting really feels, just watch our friend Coyote Peterson from Brave Wilderness writhing in agony.

Who’s extremely thankful that they’re not a tarantula right now? Me too.

A Woman Eating Live Scorpions Is Horrifying…I Don’t Even Know Where To Begin

One of the best parts of traveling is experiencing the culinary delights of different parts of the world.

From a Western perspective, China offers up some of the most…unique foods of all time. More specifically, Chinese street food is unlike anything you’ll find in most parts of North America or Europe.

As evidence, I present to you the following video. It features a woman at a market in China enjoying some tasty skewers…of live, baby scorpions. I know — it sounds insane. Stranger yet, she seems to be genuinely enjoying the taste of them.

Best not to watch this around lunchtime, I think.

I’m all for trying new foods, but I think eating squirming baby scorpions is just a little too exotic for me. To each their own, as they say.

These Tiny Creatures Prove That Not ALL Bugs Are Creepy. Some Make Me Go AWW.

When most people see a bug, their reaction is a combination of revulsion and aggression. However, not all bugs are gross enough to stomp. It’s true! There are some insects in the world whose cute factor make them surprisingly WAY less creepy than the rest of their unsettling insect amigos.

Check out all these teeny-tiny, fuzzy-wuzzy creatures.

1.) China Silkworm Moth

Used for their silk production as larvae, the grown up moths look so fluffy and cuddly.

2.) Baeus

These teeny tiny wasps sure are cute, and…also parasitic to spider eggs.

3.) Red Milkweed Beetle

The bright colors warn predators of their poisonous nature.

4.) Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

You may think it’s staring at you with those big doe eyes, but that is just its skin coloration!

5.) Jumping Spiders

The bouncy bugs have incredible vision thanks to their big beady eyes.

6.) Bumble Bee

There are 250 different kinds of bumble bee, but they’re all fuzzy little cuties.

7.) Eucalyptus Snout Beetle

These eucalyptus munchers caused havoc when they were accidentally introduced in California. Scientists had to control the population using a parasite. Eek.

8.) Puss Caterpillar

It may be the cutest of them all, but this fuzzy wuzzy packs a poisonous punch. The most poisonous in the United States.

9.) Japanese Emperor Caterpillar

They eventually morph into the less goofy and more regal looking Emperor Butterflies, the national butterfly of Japan.

10.) Cross-Eyed Planthopper

Definitely the derpiest bug in existence.

11.) Panda Ant

Not actually related to ants or pandas at all, this wingless wasp has a stinger so painful it’s said that it could knock out a cow.

12.) Spanish Moth

These moths look more like disco divas with their poofy “hair” style and heart-shaped spots.

13.) Feather-Horned Beetle

Peter Gallagher, is that you??

14.) Monkey Hoppers

Unlike ordinary grasshoppers, these come in all the colors of a bag of Skittles.

15.) Chinese Bush Brown Butterfly Larvae

Also known as the “Hello Kitty” caterpillar, for obvious reasons.

16.) Eucharitid Wasp

These punk-rock parasites feast on baby ants in their larvae state. Hardcore.

17.) Damselfly

Like dragonflies, these dames hang out by the water but don’t have the greatest flying ability.

(via Distractify)

Kind of makes me want to pull a Honey I Blew Up The Kid scenario and make some of them my pets.

However, because nature can be insane, most of the brightly-colored bugs in the world are actually highly poisonous. If you see one of these cute bugs in the wild, look, but don’t touch!

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These Unique Photos Are Absolutely Stunning. But They’re Definitely Not What You Think… Zoom Out.

There is natural beauty all around us in the world, countless wonders that we can take in. Linden Gledhill is a scientist that, in his spare time, acts as a photographer. With his knowledge and equipment, he is able to capture some of the most stunning photographs you’ll ever see. His work is bright and brilliant, but you’d never be able to guess what his subjects are at first glance.

This is a Salamis Parhassus…

And this a Vanessa atalanta…

The flashy Rhetus dyson…

And don’t forget the Graphium weiskeiis.

The Papilio blumei pattern is gorgeous.

As well as the Cithaerias pireta aurorina.

This is Cithaerias pireta aurorina.

As is this.

The Graphium sarpedon is full of tranquil beauty…

And the Chrysiridia Rhipheus is exciting.

Absolutely electric.

The Comet variety is cool.

No one can forget the Troides hypolitus.

Nope, those aren’t paintings or viruses or industrial materials. They’re just macro images of butterflies and moths. Natural beauties.

As a biochemist, Linden collected specimens of rare and beautiful butterflies from a company called Butterflies and Things. He then used a microscope and some high powered lights to create the visually stunning photographs you saw above. It’s hard to believe that the wings of a butterfly are so incredibly colorful and iridescent on a microscopic level. Source: Flickr / Linden G via Business Insider Share Linden’s incredible pictures with others, click on the Share button below.

These Are The 5 Creepiest Crawlies In The World. I’m Never Going Outside.

Even if you’re one of those people who likes to brag about not being afraid of spiders, these gigantic versions of household creepy-crawlies will definitely change your mind. You might even buy a blow torch.

Each of them feature leg spans ranging from 6 to 12-inches in length, so you’ll probably need more than your shoe to get the job done if you find one of these spiders slinking up your wall.

Golden Silk Orb-Weaver

It’s the ladies you have to watch out for when it comes to this species of spiders. They are much larger than the males (they have 6 inch-long leg spans). Not only they, but their webs can be almost 5 feet-wide! These spiders catch large insect prey… but they can also take down birds and snakes.

Poecilotheria Rajaei

This species of tarantula was only recently discovered in Sri Lanka and with a leg span of about 8 inches, it could totally smother your face if it wanted to. Yikes. They’re indigenous to India and Sri Lanka, preferring to dwell in old trees. However, their already rare numbers are dwindling due to deforestation. Which is… a shame… I guess.

Therapohosa Blondi

Known as the “Goliath Bird-eating spider,” this big guy can have a leg span of about 12 inches, making it the largest spider in the world. They don’t, however, actually eat birds. The misnomer nickname occurred after a man claimed to see one eating a hummingbird, but they mainly stick to insects, frogs and rodents like other tarantulas. Their fangs are capable of breaking human skin, but their venom won’t kill you. (Not that makes them any less terrifying.) They’re also quite musical. They can rub their legs together to make a noise that can be heard from 15 feet away.

Heteropoda Maxima

Nicknamed “The Giant Huntsman,” this spider was discovered just a few years ago in Laos. They also have a leg span of 12 inches and can be found lurking in caves. They’re quick on their feet and can extend their legs forward much like a crab.

Phoneutria Nigriventer

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With a 6-inch leg span, these crawlers up their creepy factor with fatal venom. It is among one of the most toxic spiders in the world, in fact, but thankfully there is an anti-venom available. They are indigenous to South and Central America and have a couple of descriptive nicknames: the “Brazilian wandering spider” due to its penchant for strolls around the forests at night and “banana spider” because it likes to stow away in shipments of the fruit.

(via Mental Floss.)

Hmm, apparently, I shouldn’t eat bananas ever again. I have a whole new level of sympathy for poor Little Miss Muffet. 

These Katydids Are Harder To Find Than A Job After College.

Katydids (otherwise known as Tettigoniidae), are insects that are similar to a cricket or a weta. These oversized crickets are good at making noise. They’re also really, really good at hiding themselves from predators. They can make like a tree and leaf. (But seriously, they can look just like leaves.) Can you find the katydids in the pictures below? Give it a try. If you can find all seven, you’ll win the opportunity to call yourself a “finding katydids in pictures expert” at the next party you attend. Start mentally preparing yourself now for all of the attention and free drinks you’ll get.

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(via Daily Mail) How did you katydo? It’s amazing what these little bugs can do to hide themselves. Sometimes, it seems like magic. Share this post using the button below.

This Changes Absolutely EVERYTHING I Thought About Insects. I’ll Never Swat One Ever Again.

If you were sitting outside on a beautiful, sunny day, and something buzzed near your face… what would you do? My immediate reaction would be overwhelming annoyance, but after seeing these photos, I’m going to rethink that. John Hallmén is a photographer who focuses on taking macro and microscopic photos of insects, showing us what they really look like… His stunning photographs may take you by surprise.

You may not realize that these creatures are so beautiful in passing.

Some may even consider these little bugs cute.

This ant says “SMILE!”

Once you get over your heebie jeebies, you may see that these insects are quite amazing.

They are so tiny and delicate.

The photographer was able to capture the fragile details of each insect.

Who knew that a bug could be so fuzzy?

Or downright adorable?

The macro photos of insects aren’t always beautiful. Some are terrifying, no matter how close up you get.

I feel bad about swatting these little guys, now.

Did you know that moths are just as pretty as their more dramatic butterfly cousins?

I would very much love to take this guy home with me and name him Frankie the Fly.

Each of these photos were taken by John in a nature reserve by his home in Stockholm, Sweden. It’s amazing to see just what these insects look like up-close. Bees, ants, spiders and flies have been hiding their secret, beautiful identities from us. To see more of his work, visit his Flickr photo stream or online portfolio. (H/T Elite Daily) Share John’s beautiful work by clicking below.