The world is filled with some pretty wild bugs! Scientists have identified over a million species of insects and spiders so far. Check out this gallery of some of the strangest creepy-crawlies ever found.
The spike-headed katydid doesn’t just appear to wear a crown; its body is covered in armorlike thorns.
Photograph by Dr. Morley Read, Shutterstock
Man-faced stinkbugs sure know how to strike a pose. The face-like portraits on their backs warn enemies not to eat them.
Photograph by ex0rzist, Shutterstock
Scientists think the waxy “tails” on young planthoppers might protect them from predators and parasites.
Photograph by Bedepoukin, Dreamstime
Look, but don't touch! Surrounding the saddleback caterpillar's bright green midsection are loads of poisonous spines.
Photograph by Tzooka, Dreamstime
It might look like a superlong schnoz, but the lantern fly’s “nose” is really an extended mouth used for eating sap.
Photograph by Tan Kian Yong, Dreamstime
Colorful male peacock spiders—like this kind nicknamed Sparklemuffin—are known to perform flashy mating dances.
Photograph by Jürgen Otto
This cute, fuzzy creature is a silk moth. The male’s comblike antennae have scent receptors that help it find females.
Photograph by Athenatulac, Dreamstime
The long-horned orb weaver spider is somewhat mysterious—scientists still don’t know the horns’ purpose.
Photograph by Matee Nuserm, Dreamstime
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