Although bugs can be a big-time nuisance, they are often quite fascinating. Like some animals, certain insects are currently on the verge of becoming extinct. Let’s take a look at some of today’s endangered insect species.
Goliath Bird-Eating Spider
As its name suggests, the Goliath bird-eating spider is a monster-sized spider. No other spider on the planet has a larger stature. In fact, you’ll need two hands to even hold it. From mice to small snakes, this humongous spider can be seen chowing down on a variety of different animals. Unfortunately, its population continues to dwindle with each passing year.
Kauai Cave Wolf Spider
Found in Hawaii, the Kauai cave wolf spider is a bit different from the typical wolf spider. Because the Kauai cave wolf spider lives in extremely dark environments, it doesn’t need to see. However, special sensory organs enable this eyeless spider to easily locate prey. Humans have now taken over the Kauai cave wolf spider’s habitat, which has caused it to become endangered.
Salt Creek Tiger Beetle
This is one of the world’s most ferocious predators. Like a tiger in the wild, the Salt Creek tiger beetle uses its massive mandibles to grab other insects. With an estimated 200 Salt Creek tiger beetles left in North America, biologists have taken action to save the species. Modern development has helped destroy its wetland habitat.
New Zealand beachgoers should be very wary of the katipo spider. Like the American black widow, it has a venomous bite that leaves unassuming victims in a great deal of pain. A red stripe along the katipo spider’s abdomen tells onlookers to stay away. Because humans have gradually altered the natural landscape of the coast, katipo spiders continue to disappear from the area.
Fen Raft Spider
The fen raft spider is a cool spider that’s located in the wetlands surrounding England and Wales. It has an amazing ability to float on water like an actual raft. Highly sensitive hairs on their legs help these spiders to detect motion. Although fen raft spiders typically feed on other insects, they will also eat tadpoles and fish. Like most of the insects on this list, the fen raft spider is a victim of habitat destruction.
Although you’re unlikely to see any of these insects near your home, there are plenty of other troublesome bugs to worry about. If you are experiencing a pest problem, be sure to contact Pinpoint Pest Control for a free quote on service. From rodents to spiders, our experienced technicians are trained to handle a wide range of different pests.