‘Insect lays its eggs in your body and its larvae eat you from the inside out’. Yep, definitely among the top ten of things that really freak us out. Sadly, not as uncommon as it sounds. Picture this, you on vacation, enjoying a brief respite from a stressful world, in a nice tropical region. You find yourself enjoying an appetizing drink and snack with the always attractive housefly, and singing along happily to the ever pleasing hum of the mosquito; slapping, smacking and cursing away to the music. A completely normal, commonplace and inoffensive scene, right? Wrong. Completely wrong.
Beneath the facade of this seemingly nonthreatening picture an evil mastermind hides in the shadows. A sly sneaky female that is waiting for the perfect opportunity to give her babies a fabulous, hot, moist and juicy babysitter to feast on while they reach maturity. Isn’t she just a wonderful mommy? This devilish female is looking for the way to deposit her eggs on to a hot blooded mammal, such as yourself; so they can hatch and burrow their way into their hosts body, where they spend the rest of their childhood eating away at… You. A process commonly known as myiasis.
This treacherous little gynecomorphous bug is commonly known as the Female Human Botfly or, for scientific purposes, the Dermatobia Hominis. They are large, stout, hairy bodied flies that resemble bumblebees. It would make things slightly better if this insect only targeted animals. Unfortunately this insect does not discriminate against age, sex, race, species or body part. Her little babies will feed on any part of the body, including your brain. Fantastic.
Their presence creates painful pustules that secrete pus and other fluids. The host can sometimes feel the larvae moving inside these raised pustules or lesions, particularly when they shower or cover the wound. The infected individual’s body reacts to the presence of the parasite by increasing its white blood cell count, and this often causes the wound to secrete pus.
So, how the hell does someone not notice a huge gray hairy fly laying eggs on their skin? Simple. That naughty Human Botfly uses alternate modes of transportation for her eggs. She targets blood sucking arthropod, such as mosquitoes or ticks, hijacks them in mid flight and deposits her eggs on them. These unknowing botfly baby vessels proceed to find a tasty human to feed on. The heat of the humans body then loosens the eggs and they drop onto the skin to start burrowing their way into the subcutaneous layer where they stay. Feeding. On you.
Fortunately, these little worms are not deadly, most of the time, and will make their way out after a while and burrow in the soil to later emerge a grown botfly. The following clip shows how to remove botfly larvae. It is not for people who have weak stomachs. Do not watch it, unless you want to be traumatized for a substantial part of your life.
What was seen can never be unseen. Ever.
Need to toss a bloke of a tree? Lift more than 100 times your weight? Scare the crap out of someone?
We’ve found someone who can do all that, and make it look effortless. Old Spice guy, move out of the way. There’s a new crew in town and they are sizzling HOT. Our new spotlight favorites have a unique signature body part that sets them apart from other beetles. Yes, you guess it…It’s their horn… Say hello to my little friends… ‘The Rhino Beetles.’
The subfamily of Dynastidae, a.k.a. The Rhino Beetles, have rapidly gained notoriety amongst the insect world as being some of the biggest, the strongest and the toughest beetle around. The most popular members of this family are the big three: the Hercules Beetles (Dynastes), the Atlas Beetles (Chalcosoma) and the Elephant Beetles (Megasoma)
These massive beetles are known to hang around and create trouble in the South East Asia and Pacific Regions where their greatest crime is gluttony; they can defoliate and sometimes kill coconut and oil palms. These guys are usually nocturnal and hide away during the day under logs and vegetation. There are some smaller versions of these species littered around the rest of the world and can often be found burrowing about in the common garden.
While these fellas look fairly menacing with those huge horns (only the male of the species develops these astounding horns) they really are softies, are not aggressive and actually make good pets. People have taken to using these tough guys in bug fights as they will only attack other males in a fight for a female. They will literally toss another male off a tree to prove their manhood. When they mate the male mounts the female and they teeter about the log sometimes ending up on the underside and hanging from it. The male beetle never lets go. Can someone say clingy?
The females can give birth to about 50 eggs. These larvae take longer than average to grow and will grow to enormous sizes. It’s important to keep all these ‘little’ grubs happily fed on a high protein diet, else they might turn cannibalistic and eat their brothers and sisters.
In Australia, when fried, they are considered a delicacy of the bush.
Ah, the art of seduction, timeless tradition of courtship that males must master in order to get their pickle tickled. It is a tradition that varies from culture to culture and, more specifically, from creature to creature. Out of the wilds that brought you the tango dancing scorpions, we bring you a distinctive mating ritual that is sure to boggle the mind. Not just any mind…Your mind.
Who, you ask, is the culprit of engaging this unnerving ritual?
Within your home there exists another world, a small world of blood thirsty insects, and they live in your bed. The Cimex Lectularius, commonly known as bedbugs, are, as we speak, frolicking and cavorting in the folds and mounds of many a sleep station, ready and eager to suck on blood!
Yes, these are kinky little parasites that love to feed on humans. They usually come out at night and like to hang out in places that have a great selection of warm-blooded humans to feast on; such as hotels, motels, hostels, dormitories, apartment complexes, prisons… you get the picture. Interestingly enough, they can also be found in airplanes, ships, trains and buses (a disturbing thought for frequent travelers). It’s like a never-ending buffet… of human blood.
But this is hardly the most interesting behaviour that these tiny creatures engage in. Within the world of this small, rarely thought about insect, rages a sexual war fraught with violence, obsession and deception. If you thought you had it tough we suggest you take a few minutes and check this out…
Taking the concept of rough sex to another level.
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the bedbugs’ disturbing game of Gotcha!
This insect has been known to come out at night time and take advantage of unsuspecting victims.
Make no mistake, that’s not an overgrown mustache or Uncle Bill’s old wig; this is our next perpetrator in trespass and murder. Guys like him have made their way across the globe from Asia, Europe and America and they could even find themselves in your home. With 15 pairs of legs it’s not the type of thing you come across everyday, or maybe… you do.
If you haven’t guessed this culprit, he is known as a Scutigera Coleoprata – or house centipede. Using their legs in a lasso-type motion they are quick to pounce and known to beat their victims also. Though they look like they could kill you, for the most part they won’t do more than kill and feast on roaches and spiders they find in your home. If you’re concerned they can grow up to a foot long don’t fret, they only grow up to about 5 cm or 2 in at the most. These little guys can live for up to seven years and chances are they know your community better than you do.
Just remember, bugs like these don’t want to harm you. Imagine if you were looking at Mt Everest one day and all of a sudden that HUGE mountain jumped up and screamed at you whilst trying to crush you. That should paint the picture. If you do somehow manage to get bitten by this centipede you can expect something close to a bee sting but generally their stingers won’t even break the surface of the skin.