7 Incredible Bugs With Man Faces

  • The insect world never ceases to amaze. These colorful bugs boast familiar patterns like faces or tribal masks on their shields. While potential predators waste precious time wondering whether it’s food, enemy or prey, the masked creatures plot their protection tactics or escape.

    We take a look at seven of these insects that prove: bug is beautiful!

  • 1. Black stink bug with white eyes and mouth

    These mini warriors have pretty smart warfare defences. Shield bugs, or stink bugs, have glands in their thorax (the part between the head and the abdomen) between their first and second pair of legs that produce a foul-smelling liquid, which is used for defense and released when the bug feels threatened.

  • 2. Stink bug with brown and white mask

    In this next photograph, the stink bug looks huge, but it is only about 1 cm long in real life, making the markings on the mask all the more intricate.

  • 3. Cotton stainer with black sunglasses

    This too-sexy-to-be-eaten bug with his/her sunglasses is actually a crop pest. Known as cotton stainers, these bugs feed on cotton and get crushed with it during harvesting. Their red bodies leave stains, which are hard to remove.

  • 4. Red firebugs

    These firebugs seem to huddle together to discuss their strategy. They are common in Europe and are also part of the cotton stainer family. Their scientific name is pyrrhocoris apterus.

  • 5. Stink bug with leathery mask

    This stink bug is also found in Europe. Doesn’t its shield look like it is made of leather?

  • 6. Stink bug with bluish gorilla mask

    This stink bug from Singapore looks like it’s carrying a gorilla-mask on its back. Amazing, isn’t it?

  • 7. Yellow man-faced bug

    This is a picture example of how the shield pattern resembles a face. Like a huge sign saying “don’t even think about it” to predators – including humans – this stink bug looks slightly grumpy, and for good reason. Just recently, scientists have discovered the nutritional value of edible stink bugs. They’re a good source of protein, fat, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Stink bug stew, anyone?

Simone Preuss
Simone Preuss
Scribol Staff
Environment
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