Top 10 amazing japanese insects
With more than 32.000 species discovered in Japan, insects are the most diverse group of animals in the world. It is not strange to see them from the majestic mount Fuji to big cities like Tokyo. Some species of insects are very popular in Japanese culture. However, in the wildlife of the extensive natural parks, they are hard to see. So, here the list of 10 amazing japanese insects.
10. Denkimushi- Japan Electric Caterpillar..
DenkiMushi is one of the most beautiful insects in the world. They can be found in gardens of almost any japanese cities. This interesting insect is known as the electric bug. although it is not really electric. The chemicals that inject when touched make it look like an electric shock.
Although it is commonly called bug insects, the caterpillar is the larva of a moth. These small insects spend their
larval stage eating and growing. They have spicy body hair as protection to prevent them from being eaten and keeping away any enemy. Avoid touching this incredible caterpillar is the best choice to avoid its painful defence.
9. Japanese Stink Bug.
Stink bug is a small insect that can be found all over the world. In Japan, they tend to prefer lower areas of mountains, gardens and parks. The most defining characteristic of this insect is the disgusting smell it releases when it feels threatened. It feeds almost any fruit or vegetable, especially soy, apples and pear.
Apart from its strong smell, another interesting fact about stink bugs is that their blood contains a natural antifreeze, the glycerol. At the beginning of winter, they go into a state of hibernation of insects called diapause.
8.Japanese Mountain Leech
Although they live in the water, they have evolved to live comfortably on land. They are especially present in humid summers. Blood is their main food. Mountain leeches can climb trees and wait hidden to jump over larger animals, including humans.
Another japanese mountain leeches fact is they are placed in the Haemadipsidae family, which allows them to have jaws. They have hundreds of tiny teeth and have the amazing ability to chew through your clothes.
7. Japanese House Centipede
Japanese house centipede o gejigeji is a harmless insect. cockroaches and spiders are the main food that attracts them to your home. It is a nocturnal insect. They like to invade the rooms and kitchen. Needless to say, it can give you a big scare in the middle of the night.
Big house centipede can grow from 0.2 to 0.7 inches. In Japan, it is normal to see them in homes like any other pets. They have 15 pairs of legs. Can run through walls and roofs at high speed (1.3ft / s).
6. Vampire Moth.
The vampire moth is one of the most beautiful and unusual insects in Japan. Harmless to humans, this moth can penetrate the skin and suck the blood of any vertebrate. It is native from Asia and Africa. Some species of this insect were found in the United States and Canada
The strange habit of sucking blood from this moth is thanks to the evolution of the species. They went from sucking fruit juice to blood. Other subgenres adapted their diet to suckle lacrimal cattle.
5.Japanese Giant Hornet
Japanese giant hornet is one of the largest insects in the world. Belonging to the family of the Asian giant hornet likes
to live in the forest regions of the islands of Japan. This giant wasp is the most dangerous animal in Japan, beating snakes and bears. This giant insect can grow up to 6 feet wingspan.
It is an insect that has an aggressive attack when it is disturbed. The hornet killed and dismembered their prey returning to their nests to feed their larvae. Using his 6.5mm stinger can deliver an extremely painful sting.
Cicadas are one of the loudest creatures in the animal kingdom. Adults use their abdominal vibration to attract females. Its song can reach up to 80 Hz. The young or nymphs fall from the eggs laid in the vegetation towards the ground. They dig tunnels to feed on the sap from roots. Some species of nymphs of this insect can live up to 17 years underground.
Also known as evening cicada they live mainly in temperate and subtropical areas of Japan. They are closely related to Japanese culture. Its sound is a symbol of melancholy.
3. King Mukade - Giant japanese centipede.
King Mukade is one of the largest and poisonous centipedes in the world. They can grow up to 20 centimeters long. This large insect has a reddish body and very powerful jaws. It feeds on insects like cockroaches but also small animals like mice or small reptile. They attack their prey by surprise at great speed.
Despite their terrifying appearance, this centipede is usually not fatal to humans. Their sting is very painful and is advised to be seen by a doctor. Apart from its large size, another interesting fact about the mukade is that it represents a symbol of evil in Japanese culture.
2. Japanese Cockroach
At first look, Japanese cockroaches resemble a normal cockroach. But this insect is 200% more resistant to insecticides. It is the only kind of cockroach that can walk on ice. It is highly adaptive in hostile environments. It has resistance to freezing and can survive prolonged winters under snow.
This little insect does not bite like other species. It has an advanced defense system. When threatened, it secretes a viscous material along its dorsal surface, which is then thrown to the predator by strong body movements.
1. Japanese rhinoceros beetle
Kabutomushi is one of the most popular insects in Japan. They are easily found in pet stores, TV shows and magazines. They grow up to 8 centimeters long. Its main feature is the shape of the head that looks like a samurai helmet (hence the name). It has a powerful horn that is used to protect its territory by throwing its opponents through the air.
Another amazing fact about this japanese horned beetle is that they have red eyes adapted to see in the dark. They spend most of their lives in the stage of larva living underground and only 4 months as a real beetle. At that time this beetle should look for a place to mate several times and fight to protect its territory before dying.