Hercules beetle

10 insects with funny names that you should know

Insects are all around us. They can be found in any climate around the world. Some people love to keep insects as pets. Insects can be herbivores or carnivores or omnivores. Many insects change their feeding habit during the life cycle.

It is very delightful to see beautiful coloured insects in the garden. Entomologists have been discovering new species of insects every year. When a new insect species is discovered it has to be named. Sometimes entomologist gives funny names to insects which will make you laugh. In this post, we are going to look at some of those funny names given to several insects.

Eristalis gatesi

Eristalis gatesi

Also known as Bill Gates flowerfly because this insect got its name from Bill Gates. It is funny to know that many other insect species have been named after famous personalities making it easy for us to remember their names. This insect is only found in the costa region cloud forests. There is another fly that has the same characteristics, it was named Paul Allen flower fly, Paul Allen was a bill gates associate. Isn’t it interesting to be named after one of the richest people in the world?

Edwardsiana frustrator

Edwardsiana frustrator

Though this insect is not frustrated, it really sounds funny to pronounce the “frustration” name. This insect is found in the trees of Britain. Beautiful looking this insect shows intense yellow colour on the basal two-thirds of the forewing. These are found in the southern parts of wales, and as far north as Yorkshire. They are small in number. It was named after Edward (the author) in 1908.

Cixius nervosus

Cixius nervosus

Absolutely not, these insects are not nervous. They can grow till a length of 6mm to 7mm at most. These planthoppers found in the deciduous trees of most of Europe. The front wings are transparent, with two dark brown bands and faint brown markings posteriorly.

Enema Pan (rhinoceros beetle)

Enema Pan

They got their name because of the presence of horn-like projections on and around the males’ heads. Some are black, grey, or greenish in colour, and some are covered in soft hairs. They are an important species as they help in recycling of plant material and promotes nutrients. But some of them become pests too, so beware. They are mostly discovered in the southern part of Brazil.

Hercules beetle

Hercules beetle

A species of rhinoceros beetle found in the forests of Central and South America. One of the largest flying insects in the world has the power to lift objects many times heavier than its body weight. You may call them flying ants. Many time people confuse these insects with Eastern Hercules Beetle. They are named after Hercules because of their tremendous strength.

Evacanthus interruptus

Evacanthus interruptus

Yes! it interrupts quite some time due to its striking yellow colour. It is a leafhopper with striking yellow and black coloured forewings. Commonly found in the woods of the UK. You may easily spot them in shrubs and grasslands. They can grow to a length of 5mm to 6mm at most.

Tawny Crazy ant

Tawny Crazy ant

You can call it a virus or a bug, because similar to computer viruses and bugs, this also loves to ruin your electronic items. It crawls inside them and biting anything it can find tasty enough. This can ruin your appliance in no time. You may be thinking, doesn’t it get an electric shock, yes of course they do. When it dies, it releases a toxic chemical which smells absurd. Soon in no time your computer will be attacked by thousands of these crazy ants as they believe in revenge.

Bombardier beetle

Yes, it bombards its enemies. If any predator is close enough, it releases a chemical which kills that insect in no time and after that, it releases another chemical which is hot enough and completely burns that insect.

Vampire Moth

Vampire Moth

As the name suggest, they are Moth and they love blood. If it’s blood of a human, it’s even better. If you are going camping in southern Europe then you will be encountering this insect, so beware if you suddenly start feeling something is biting you.They have long needles in their mouth, making their job much easier. You will not even feel it when it penetrates your skin and gets its fill.

Toe Bitter

Toe Bitter

This is one insect, you would never wanna come around. It can grow till a size of your iPhone and its bite hurts the most. It is quite impossible to bear the pain. You may find it eating it your goldfish sometimes. If you see it, it’s better to take it out carefully.

So, these were some of the Funny and at the same time weird Insects name too. I hope you liked the list. Don’t forget to comment below which one amused you the most.

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