Page 7 - Animal Facts

The largest wasp in the world hunts tarantulas and boasts the second most painful sting on Earth!


The tarantula hawk is the largest wasp in the world, reaching two inches in length. Their stinger alone is a third of an inch.

If that wasn't enough, the Schmidt Pain Index, which rates how painful a sting is, has the sting coming in at the second most painful sting in the world! Only the bullet ant ranks higher.

Before you get too freaked out, it rarely stings without provocation. It mostly uses its stinger to paralyze tarantulas. The spiders are used as food for their larvae until maturation.

Once it paralyzes a tarantula, it transports it to a special nest and lays a single egg which, once hatched, burrows into the tarantula and eats it, avoiding vital organs to keep it alive as long as possible. This lasts a few weeks before the larva matures.

Another interesting thing about these creatures: they can become intoxicated if they eat too much fermented fruit. When this happens, the wasps have difficulty flying.

There are hundreds of species that live all over the world, from India to Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas.They've been observed from as far north as Goldendale, Washington in the United States, and south as far as Argentina in South America. They are also the state insect of New Mexico.

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The world’s smallest fish aquarium fits in the palm of your hand!




This miniscule fish tank was made by Anatoly Konenko of Russia. It is 30 millimeters high, 24 mm wide, and 14 mm deep and holds 10 milliliters of water, in addition to tiny plants, stones, and real fish!

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There is a whale known as the 'loneliest whale in the world' because it communicates in a frequency other whales can't hear


Each year, whales around the oceans call out for mates. They do so in frequencies much lower than anything we can hear; around 17-18 Hertz. There's at least one whale out there, though, that has a pretty squeaky voice.

Okay, so it's not squeaky by our standards, but by whale standards the 52 Hertz that this whale vocalizes is much too high for them to hear. For reference, 52 Hertz is roughly the same frequency of the lowest note on a tuba. What this all adds up to is a whale who can't communicate with anyone.Since it can't communicate, many assume that it doesn't interact with other whales at all!

But what about mating time? Whales tend to go to the same places to mate based on instinct, and this whale follows those patterns as well, but it goes at different times. Its movements have been somewhat similar to that of blue whales, but its timing has been more like that of fin whales.

It was discovered over 30 years ago, so it's healthy despite living in assumed isolation. There's currently a documentary about the whale being shot, so it's likely that a lot of our questions will be answered soon. Until then, we can only hope that this whale is living a happy life.

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Siberian huskies are able to control their own metabolism!


Siberian huskies are tasked with traveling long distances in some pretty harsh conditions. It's a good thing that they have some traits that seems to make them perfect for this.

Perhaps the most interesting trait of theirs is the fact that, much to the envy of us humans, they can actually control their own metabolism! This let's them run for hours while burning energy but preserving their fat stores, preventing them from getting fatigued.

These dogs were built for the arctic. They have a double-layered coat which keeps them warm in even the harshest of weather. They are thought to be able to survive temperatures as low as -50 Fahrenheit. Their toes are also very well furred, keeping them warm as they trot through the snow.

Siberian huskies also have very strong claws, granting them better traction on the slippery surfaces they often run on. One more cool thing about these beautiful animals? Their howl can be heard up to 10 miles away!

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There's an extinct breed of Hermit Crabs named after Michael Jackson


It's been estimated that we've only discovered about 15% of species currently living on Earth. We are also constantly discovering species that are already extinct. One of these is a species of hermit crabs that was discovered the day that Michael Jackson died. To honor the "King of Pop", the paleontologists who discovered the fossil species named it after him.

Mesoparapylocheles michaeljacksoni was discovered in an abandoned limestone quarry in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the Spanish province of Navarra. "The rocks in the Koskobilo quarry are part of a fossil coral reef with an age of 100 million years," said Adil Klompmaker, a Ph.D. candidate in Department of Geology at Kent State. "This is right in the middle of the Cretaceous period, when dinosaurs were dominating the continents.

A crab that lived alongside the dinosaurs has been named after the King of Pop. The species has one living relative, that being Parapylocheles scorpio which lives in deep waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, unlike the shallow waters that the michaeljacksoni lived in.

According to Klonpmaker, the shields of hermit crabs are much rarer than those of true crabs, so it was pretty good timing on this one.

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