Mantids certainly are a strange insect and are definitely one of the most recognisable insects in the world. The have somewhat unorthodox behaviour. During the act of mating it is rather common for the females to feed on the male – this can happen during the event!! The impulses that control the male actions are not contained in its head, so even after it loses it, the insect can carry. Not only that, research has shown that once the head has been removed, they are far more successful at passing sperm to the female. This seems quite excessive but the male’s ultimate sacrifice can boost the female’s essential protein energy which can increase the offsprings chance of survival.
Giant Long-Legged Katydid
The Giant Long-Legged Katydid is one of the largest bugs in the world and there are over 6400 different species of Katydids in the world. This insect can grow long antennae, sometimes this can be up to 3 times the length of its body. The usual colour of Katydids are green but the Giant Long-Legged Katydid can come in various colours including yellow and pink. All katydids, including the giant long-legged katydids have a very short lifespan. They live no more than a year and are not capable of producing more than one generation of offspring. However, this is true only for those species that live in areas that have distinct seasons.
The Titan Beetle is the largest beetle in the world. It can grow up to 6.5 inches long and they are found deep in the tropical rain forests of South America – especially north Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and the Guianas; most titans we see these days come from French Guiana. The larvae feed on decaying wood below the ground and only spend a few weeks as adults above the ground. The Titan Beetle mate when the weather is at its hottest and most humid.