6 Terrifying New Creatures Science Just Discovered

The leech with big teeth which goes inside us especially gives me the creeps.

Then there's brain eating fungus....

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Houdini fly breaks through wall of bee nest to lay its eggs inside, by inflating its head.

Zoologger: Houdini fly inflates head to break walls

What animal has the most brain proportionally speaking? If you think it's humans, you're far off. As animals miniaturize, their brains have to shrink more slowly, so they can continue to function. The tinniest spiders have 80% of their bodies filled up with nervous system.

Whole New Meaning for Thinking On Your Feet: Brains of Small Spider...

Smithsonian researchers report that the brains of tiny spiders are so large that they fill their body cavities and overflow into their legs.

As the spiders get smaller, their brains get proportionally bigger, filling up more and more of their body cavities. "The smaller the animal, the more it has to invest in its brain, which means even very tiny spiders are able to weave a web and perform other fairly complex behaviors,"...

"We discovered that the central nervous systems of the smallest spiders fill up almost 80 percent of their total body cavity, including about 25 percent of their legs."

Interesting.  Never realized that in order to function, small creatures need more room for brains, but it makes sense.

I've read that our skull size limits how smart we are, but I imagine in the future, we will change what evolution has given us and increase our brain size.

The Mad Hatterpillar

A caterpillar retains its head capsules, when it molts, forming a hat. Behold a larvae of a Gum Leaf Skeletoniser moth.

For some reason, this species of moth caterpillars keeps their heads and build themselves a strange “hat” that gets taller as they grow.

Fruit Fly That's Evolved Pictures Of Spiders On Its Wings

... these flies use their wings to ward off predators. The fly flashes it wings back and forth to make it seem as if the ants [or spiders] are moving around...

Peacock spider dances to YMCA (not scary).

Parasitic fungus kills tarantulas.

Spiders may be out to get your car! (if it's a Mazda)

From WKYC:

"Mazda is recalling 42,000 Mazda6 cars in the U.S. because spiders can weave a web in a vent hose and cause the fuel tank to crack....

And get this: it occurs only in the cars made at a plant in Flat Rock, Michigan.... there are several entomologists that think the spiders entered the hoses at a warehouse long before they were shipped to the assembly plant because the yellow spider is a "nocturnal" hunter and likely hides in the tubes during the day and comes out at night.

...the yellow sac spider, which is attracted to hydrocarbons, builds webs that cause pressure to build in the fuel tank. That increases the risk of fuel leaks and fire.

...Mazda recalled cars in 2011 for the same problem. It put covers on the vent line, but has since found out that the spiders can get past them. Oops.

Mazda will update the cars' software for free beginning this month to ensure that the fuel tank pressure doesn't build up.

Mazda says no injuries or fires have been reported due to the issue."

(Here's an article on the 2011 recall.)

I'm often amazed that animals don't cause more problems than they do, because vehicles have such large open areas underneath.


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