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If you think your nose is a little disproportionate, console yourself with a picture of a Peruvian weevil (Rhinastus latesternus). In reality this species of proboscis - called "rostrum" - is a characteristic common to all its family, which belongs to the order of beetles and which includes more than 60 thousand species of "nasuto" insects similar to this one.

On the tip of the beak is the chewing mouthparts, which the punches use to nibble leaves, fruits and roots. Needless to say, this "appetite" of theirs is not particularly pleasing to peasants, who are often damaged in fruits and vegetables.

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There are those who, looking at this larva of orthoptera (the order of insects to which also crickets and grasshoppers belong), lick their whiskers. And the boiled pregusta, filled or dipped in chocolate.

We are not talking about a Chinese or African chef but an unsuspecting Belgian chef who has even dedicated a recipe book to the cooking of these and other animals. Very welcome - it seems - from the palates of the Alps, so much so that delicacies such as cricket puffs and fried grasshoppers are already popular on the tables of parties and wedding dinners.

But even in Italy there are those who are fond of these little creatures, last summer a museum of natural sciences in Bergamo organized a gastronomic evening entitled "Insetti che bontà". With a menu based on crickets, moths and silkworms.

Fried black scorpions and other goodness (special)
Lollipop with surprise (look)
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The holidays are running out and for many it is time to say goodbye to the sea. But there is some luck in the water - sweet - lives there, and has no such problems.

Like this nymph - or larva - of dragonfly (sub-anis Anisoptera), which seems to smile satisfied in this enlarged photo.

Only when it is ready to "mature" will the little one emerge from the water, breathe deeply (and no longer with the gills) and, attached to a branch or a rock, will free itself from its larval exoskeleton, to take on features and colors of an adult dragonfly.

Until then - for a period that can last from a few months to several years - he will be able to wallow undisturbed in his stream, hunting for tadpoles, small fish and other aquatic delicacies.

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Perhaps talking about superpowers is exaggerated (of those we have already told you everything in the dedicated photogallery ), but the transport capacity of the ants is incredible. Just look at this (Atta sp) that does weight lifting in the forest: these insects are in fact able to lift a load equal to 50 times their weight, in short, as if a man were able to raise fifty alone. Some of their colleagues instead lend a hand when it comes to packages … too heavy: the union is strength .

At first glance it may look like a wicker twig carried by the wind. But in reality this stick is capable of moving with its legs. It is in fact an insect: the stick insect (ord. Phasmatodea). A real prankster who, in the tropical forests where he lives, loves to make fun of predators, posing as a piece of wood swayed by the currents.

A method that is a bit lazy but that often works (though not always).

And this is just one of the tactics of the insects belonging to this order, which includes over 2, 700 different species. Some stick insects have hind legs covered with spines with which stingers bite. Others instead are endowed with particular glands that secrete a chemical repellent to be sprayed against the enemy.

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Believe it or not, this three-horned rhino cockroach (Chalcosoma moellenkampi) is, in proportion, the strongest animal in the world. In fact, this beetle originating from Borneo is - together with all the other "horned" cockroaches - able to lift its weight up to 850 times: an unparalleled brute force in the animal world. The same elephant, which at first glance might look like a strongman, actually can't lift objects that exceed a quarter of its size.

As for the horns, the cockroach uses them to resolve amorous disputes against the other male specimens; the females, objects of contention, are in fact lacking in these protuberances.

The male can measure up to 12 centimeters in length.

Perhaps at first glance he does not look familiar, but this caterpillar is actually a VIP in disguise. Once completed his metamorphosis, in fact, it will turn into a sphinx death's head (Acherontia atropos), the moth famous for its appearance - from "protagonist" not protagonist - in the film The silence of the innocents.

In fact, the adult insect looks a little more macabre than this flamboyant caterpillar. It is dark brown in color and above all has a light stain on the back that resembles the shape of a skull ( click here to see the moth ).
For this curious detail the poor is always at the center of superstitions and funerary legends. Already in the mid-nineteenth century, long before it became a film "star", the American writer Edgar Allan Poe had talked about it in one of his Tales of Terror.
Look also at the "hairy" antenna of a moth .
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This large grasshopper, or catidid with a spiked head (Copiphora sp.), Is a nocturnal and tropical insect that frees its song at nightfall. Males have special organs for producing sound on the front wings. The females chirp in response to the shrill call of the males with a kind of nursery rhyme "katy did, katy didn't", from which their name derives. This is a song that is part of a courtship ritual that takes place at the end of the summer.

Catidids in the world are divided into almost 4, 000 species, of which at least 2, 000 live in the rainforests of the Amazon, feeding on leaves, flowers and fruit and representing an important part of the diet of many animals such as monkeys, birds and bats.

Thank God it's Friday, smile. This seems to be the message conveyed by the funny face of this dragonfly (Aeshna cyanea): to discover the thousand and extraordinary faces of insects we invite you to visit the new photo gallery.

The Aeshnidae family groups the strongest dragonflies of the entire Order that live all over the world alongside tinned water, in marshy areas, along paths and hedges but also in the city. The females lay their eggs in small groups, within cuts made in the vegetation.

The long-horned beetle (Macrodontia cervicornis) is one of the largest in the world with its 10 centimeters and more in length. This insect is part of the Cerambicidae family, known for their generally lively colors and long antennae, which often exceed the length of the body and which are called "longicorns". Most cerambycid species (there are more than 30, 000) live in tropical regions: in Europe there are many species (around 600) and in Italy there are over 280 species and subspecies. Before developing in the adult insect, the larvae live in the wood of the trees in which they dig long tunnels, often producing serious damage.

When a fly doesn't fly … maybe it's because it's engaged in some more fun activity. Those "paparazzi" in the photo are two specimens (probably of the genus Sarcophaga), caught at the moment of mating.

Their larvae will grow in places that these animals find most welcoming, such as manure and household waste. In the presence of a little warmth, they will become adults within ten days. House flies are by far the most widespread insects on Earth; apparently they are not only present in Australia and the Arctic area. Apparently, then, they are very busy …

If the dead leaf praying mantis (Deroplatys truncata) could choose its favorite season, it would probably lean towards autumn: in this period in fact it could easily hide in the fallen leaves to which it so much resembles. This astute husband-eating - which prefers the humid climate of Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia - has entered so well into the part of the plant that, if disturbed, it oscillates slightly like a leaf at the first breath of wind. When instead it feels threatened, it drops to the ground and remains motionless, blending into the true dry leaves: thus frogs, monkeys, birds and small snakes, its main predators, remain dry-mouthed.

This ladybug resting on an early morning flower seems to be inlaid with the finest pearls. The transparent "mantle" on its back is formed by dewdrops, immortalized by a German photographer who used macro lenses. The colorful livery of the seven-point ladybugs (fam. Coccinellidae) is a clear warning sign for potential predators: the tasting may be unpleasant. If touched or scared, in fact, these beetles emit a yellow liquid with a pungent odor that serves to discourage the aggressor from continuing with the attack. This toxic substance is poisonous to many types of birds, which fall back on another bite.

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Garden bugs, in the foreground

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Focus on this flower: do you notice anything strange? If you can't see it it's not serious, the orchid mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) is a mimicry teacher. Its livery so similar to the flower petals of the rainforests of Indonesia, Malaysia and Sumatra, its original habitat, allows it not only to escape predators, but above all to ensure dinner. Building on orchids - except for a slight wave motion that mimics a plant moved by the wind - it waits for insects to approach the flower to suck its nectar. At that point he immobilizes the prey with the powerful legs armed with thorns, and that's it.

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On the tip of the beak is the chewing mouthparts, which the punches use to nibble leaves, fruits and roots. Needless to say, this "appetite" of theirs is not particularly pleasing to peasants, who are often damaged in fruits and vegetables.
Look at the strangest noses in the animal world .
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