The purpose of this top ten ranking is to impart some knowledge to our readers about some of the most itchy and weird unknown bugs. Some of the living organisms on this earth have the ability to survive in even the most extreme of conditions. Just as we depend on other organisms and animals for our survival, similarly there are numerous other insects that depend upon us for their sustenance and growth. Just move your hand along your arm and try to feel these little organisms. Although most of them cannot be seen with the naked eye, but still the exist on your skin. It is indeed a fact that there are bi skin. In comparison to the other parts of our body, our skin is quite rough and dry. This elucidates the fact that the bacteria which live on our skin, our quite special in terms of endurance and their capacity to survive. Another very important thing is that each human has a special mixture of bacterial organisms on his or her skin which can be used as identification code for the human. Some of them don’t come to cause any sort of anxiety while others like parasites can really make you feel itchy. No matter what functions these tiny bugs and organisms have to perform most of them are indeed very weird. Below is the list of the top 10 weird body bugs.
10. Llama Lice
It is the physiological structure of these lice that allows it to reach the blood of the organisms for their survival. When one takes a microscopic look at its structure, then it becomes visible that they have a long and thick neck with a very weird structure. In addition to this they also have many arms which enable them to crawl along most of the body parts and stick to them. All over the body, these bugs also have tiny projections like hairs which can also cause displeasure on the person’s skin on which they exist. Not only humans but also many other organisms can used by these bugs as hosts.
9. Elephant Lice
Belong to the Haematomyzus genus, the elephant lice is yet another weird bug. In addition to the elephant lice, this genus also includes two other species. But in terms of structure and function only the elephant lice has qualified for our ranking as one of the most weird bugs. Mostly these bugs are found on the skin of elephants, but they can also attack humans at certain times. Obviously, they are parasites that suck the blood from the body in order to carry out their survival and other functions. In terms of structure, the bugs have special jaws that are located at the end portion of their snouts. As they are found mostly found on elephants, one can only imagine the amount of blood they would come to suck from our comparatively small bodies. If they cross a certain limit, they can come also come to cause various diseases and even death in the elephants.
8. Lobster Louse Worms
In terms of structure, these worms resemble the lice in most respects. Belonging to the class of Histriobdellidae, they also look like the earth worms and leeches. For their survival, they engage in a form of mutual existence with their host just like all other parasites and some bugs. For attaching themselves firmly to the body of their hosts, they have specialized suckers. Once attached firmly, they can suck a considerable amount of blood from their hosts at regularly scheduled intervals depending upon their needs. They are mostly found on the body of crustaceans and other sea animals for which they have been equipped with various drilling jaws with the help of which they can reach deep within the skin of their host.
7. Fish Lice
Although many people believe that most of the insects are not found in the sea, but as a matter of fact there are some insects and bugs that can be located in sea water. This points out to the fact that even the fishes are not safe from such bugs. Belonging to the class of crustaceans, the fish lice are found on the body of most of the fishes. Living as a parasite, these bugs have very specialized body structure which has been designed for their performing their survival functions more effectively. The bodies of the fish lice look like saucers with a number of linings and moisture on their skin. In addition, they also have powerful structures for sucking the blood out of their hosts. They are also very resilient in terms of sticking to the body of their hosts, as they can withstand the strongest of currents that through which the fish flows. The can prove to be quite dangerous in terms of spreading viral infections from one organism to another.
6. Bee Lice
Being one of the smallest of all the bugs, the bee lice has qualified for our number 6th spot. The measures size of the bugs reveals the fact that it is no longer than the tip of a pin. They belong to the “Braula” genus of bugs, most of which depend on other organisms for their sustenance and survival. As the name suggests mostly they are found on the bodies of bees. They can indeed come to cause itchiness to the bees if they increase tremendously in number. In terms of structure, it is said that they resemble the house flies in most respects, but have no wings at all.
5. Cockroach Mites
The difference between the mites and lice can be the number of legs they have. The mites mostly have eight legs in comparison to the lice which normally have six legs. They also differ from the lice in terms of their hosts, as they can survive on a number of hosts at one time. They are mostly found on the skins of reptiles, birds, and some other vertebrates by engaging themselves in either a parasitic or a mutualistic relationship. Surprisingly, these mites can also be found on the bodies of some other giant cockroaches like the Madagascan cockroaches which are indeed quite big than these mites. One of the advantages these mites come to provide is that they eat all the fungi that grow on the body of other insects, as large deposits of fungi on the skin can cause exasperation.
4. Beaver Beetles
In terms of the physiological makeup, they look more like medians between the lice and the fleas, but the functions and processes which they perform are indeed quite different. As the name suggests, these beetles are most found in the nests and various mating locations of the beavers. In terms of survival functions, it can be said that they are not dangerous for their hosts. Mostly they obtain their foods from the dead deposits of other animals, dirt, and various small bugs. Most of the biologists believe that these bugs do provide some benefits to the organism on which they are found. But surely, they are quite weird looking.
3. Naked Bat Earwigs
More than half of the world populations do not know about a special class of bats that are only found in Malaysia named as the hairless bulldog bats. Surprisingly, the special bug which is found on the body of this bat is even rarer, as it not found on other most of the other animals. In terms of size, it is equivalent to the lice. It is found on various parts of the bats body and feeds on the oils and other minerals that are released from the body. All over their body, these bugs have numerous hairs and projections. Unfortunately, no definite picture of this bug is available, as just like their host they are not be found easily.
2. Snail Flies
Just like the bee flies, the snail flies are one of the weirdest and hairless flies which are found mostly on the body of whales. Belonging to the genus of Wandolleckia, the female snail flies are the ones which have no wings. Their life cycle is mostly spent in the water in which they continuously swim and feed on wasted skins of the big snails. The males of this class spend their lives flying from one host to another with the purpose of finding a mating partner on the bodies of other organisms.
1. Whale Lice
So, now having a look at 9 of the weirdest bugs which are found on the body of various organisms, it is time to have a look at the bug which has qualified for our number 1 spot. Known to be one of the largest bugs to be found anywhere on the earth, the whale lice can reach up to the size of an inch in length. As the name suggests, these bugs are mostly found living exclusively on the skin of the whales. They pose no sort of harm to the whales, as they mostly feed on the wasted skin and various forms of algae. Viewed from a genetic perspective, these bugs resemble in some respects with their hosts. In terms of the processes, most of them are quite specific in terms of his hosts. They are found on the different areas of the body like genital folds, nostrils and some other areas. In terms of their survival they are not limited to the body of whales, but can also be found on dolphins. The picture of these bugs indeed shows how much weird they are.