I'm not a fan of things that squirm around or near me, certainly not on me--and these finds are only just intensifying my aversion.
1) Tyrannosaurus rex millipede
Aren't all hot pink things harmless? Shouldn't they be? Not this asshole millipede. It's got a long-ass Latin name but has the apt nickname of "tyrannosaurus rex" for its deadly secret power: it shoots cyanide at its prey. Yep. The poison. The only (maybe) pleasing thing about catching this insect diva on an off day is the almond smell that accompanies the cyanide spray, but if that happens, I don't think your mind's going to be on smells for too long.
2. The Sea Lobster with the "terrible claw"
This one's just bizarre, and kind of looks like the thing's trying to fence with its prey. It has one massive claw with a short bloated palm and long, thing fingers. This lobster's got pretty well developed eyes, and it uses the fencing claw to grab its prey, but the other, less terrible class isn't nearly as useful.
Gotta love evolution.
3. The "Tyrant Leech King"
A leech like no other, this guy likes to burrow...into humans. It was discovered in 2007 in Peru when a little girl felt a sliding sensation at the back of her nose and wanted to get it checked out. The doctors found this critter. Apparently it has a taste for mucous membranes and doesn't just stick to sucking blood like normal leeches. Nope. Instead, it has teeth placement that allow it to make a "sawing" motion in your membranes.
4. Flying Cockroach
Think grasshopper and cockroach combined. Baby cockroaches that can fly are bad enough, but apparently this fiend's got rocketpowered hind legs that let it jump 50 metres in the air.
The video really doesn't need more explanation.
5. Killer Flying Fungi
We've known that fungus can make you really sick, but there's this new strain that's pretty crazy dangerous: it's invisible, it's airborne and it's been spreading across the Western US and Canada. The Cryptococcus gattii fungus can be breathed in without you knowing it, and it spreads from your lungs as an infection with symptoms that are pretty distinct: chest pain, shortness of breath, headache, fever, red eyes, coughing, lethargy... and apathy. Nothing impresses those breached by this fungus. Untreated, it can spread to your brain and other organs, so the fact that most people don't know about this fungal infection is what makes it extra scary.
They're not all crawlies, but they give me the creeps. Drop a line below if you know some icky pests people don't know about.