Nature is beautiful. The problem with beautiful is, that everything has its flaws and so does beauty and that is exactly why we are talking about unexpected nature killers today. There various things we consider either cute, or playful, or harmless and most of all innocent. We have got a list for you that would literally shock you with regards to how cruel nature can be, if threatened, or needs to survive.
After the jump, read all about the 10 most unexpected nature killers. We hope the read is informational. Enjoy it, and as always, your comments are welcome.
You may know these creatures as beautiful and elegant, but there is a dark story to them as well. Of course, Swans inspire choreographies and poets, they are seen as a single of beauty and love. If you are thinking that this is all these white feathered beauties have in their arsenal, you would be fatally wrong. Number 10 on our list of unexpected nature killers, the black swan. They are jealous and aggressive. They can grow up to 60 inches long and more than 30 pounds in weight and a 3-foot wingspan. They have strong beaks and their bites are painful. If you are get anywhere near a hoard of black swans, be very careful. One wrong move, and it is over.
9. Fire Ant
Fire ants take the ninth spot on our list of unexpected nature killers. The bite of a fire ant is excruciating and it can potentially cause death to small animals, and even human adults. Especially, if the human adults are allergic. If you happen to get to a colony of fire ants, you best avoid them. Yeah, they may be small and look potentially harmless, but if you disturb them, they move in quickly for the attack. It’s with lightning speed and they have venomous stings. A few stings won’t matter a lot, but multiple attacks from a fire ant, can cause some serious issues. They can easily kill a small animal, no problem.
There are a total of 120,000 species known of butterflies and moths. There are only a few dozen species of caterpillars that would actually feed on anything other than plants. There is this one caterpillar, bagworm, if you may which hides itself in a casting that it builds from the remains of the food it eats. Basically, it wears the rotting limbs like an armor which attracts more victims. This is perhaps the most deadly of all those innocent looking crawlers.
Fungi basically feeds on animals. There are only a few species known to mankind that are true ‘hunters’. Fungi roots or mycelia are generally stick and even poisonous. They are strategically laid out traps to ensure prey which also includes worms. Oyster Mushroom is the most deadly when it comes to hunting. They survive on nitrogen and as such kill several nematodes. We commonly eat these mushrooms and I bet you did not expect to make it to our list of unexpected nature killers.
This little ‘insect’ if you may, is small, tissue-y organism with a next to nothing of a nervous system. They usually live in water, but there are a few species which can be found wriggling on dry Earth. These creatures do not have a brain, but nature has its own way of surprising you. they are sometimes carnivorous. They hunt down earthworms and survive on them. Who would have imagined? Something so petite would do such a cruel to thing.
5. Bullet Ants
While I certainly like the name, only a handful of these deadly insects, through their bites, can cause a local effect within a matter of a few minutes. Imagine what a whole colony of these crawlies could do. If you run into a colony of these ants, and they decide to attack, it could cause a complete body paralysis and later that could result in a cardiac arrest. Even if the attack is not fatal, it will heave devastating effects for the next 24 hours. In some cases, according to reports, bullet ant bites leave you in pain for months.
While they may appear like sponges to you, they are actually heavily armed. Their tentacles are stingy. Their pretty is relatively tiny, but you just can’t imagine these lifeless beings (or so it may seem) attacking and killing. They feed on jellyfish primarily, and we all know who deadly jellyfish really is.
Most of these creatures seem to appear very harmless and innocent. But there are some species that have prongs which are very sharp. The charge and pin their opponents. The size of a moose is what makes it deadly though. They can thwart and resist an attack by a predator easily and they are known for it. Wolves for instance attack and are stomped on by the moose so hard, that they are forced to flee. Sometimes, of course, they fatally injure their predators or even kill them at spot. They are not known to be predators though.
They are considered as cousins of sharks. You would think that they would just fly away at the sight of danger, but that really is not the case. They have venom in their tails. More specifically, in the barbs on their tails. They fire those barbs in self-defense. They will cause you pain, but if the barb breaks within you, it will have to be removed surgically. Depends on where you were stung, it can be completely fatal.
These smiley creatures were probably the last ones you wanted to see on our list of unexpected nature killers. The male of the species become increasingly aggressive if there is another male lurking around a female. You should also know that they have been known to kill porpoise. While that may not be a shocker for you, you should also know that they have been known to play around with the carcass of their kill, purely for entertainment. Also, if you have to be bitten by one of these dolphins, it will be a nightmare and could potentially kill you, of course, depending on where you were bit. They have several sharp, cone-like teeth, and they dig in really deep.
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