World’s Strongest Insect

According to a report on msnbc.com earlier this year, a species of horned dung beetle took the title of world’s strongest insect. The beetle, Onthophagus Taurus, was found to be able to pull a whopping 1,141 times its own body weight- that’s like a 150-pound human lifting six double-decker buses!

The determination of what bug was the strongest was made after months of grueling tests. To test strength, the researchers attached a cotton thread to the rear of each beetle participant, and then let the insect walk into a tiny tunnel created in the lab. Once in the tunnel, the beetle got a tug from the researchers pulling on its little leash.

Although it probably won’t get as much attention as the “Strongest Man Competition,” this is pretty exciting news in the bug world! Congratulations horned dung beetle!