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03/25/2010 12:19 PM ID: 83504 Permalink   

Onthophagus Taurus Crowned World´s Strongest Insect - Can Pull 1,141 Times Its Bodyweight


A study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B has concluded that the Onthophagus taurus, a type of horned dung beetle, is the strongest insect in the world.

The beetle can pull as much as 1,141 times the weight of its body. A 150-pound person with the same power to weight ratio could heft six double-decker buses.

Another small creature was found to have even more pulling power for its size but the mite belongs in the arachnid family and is thus not a contender for the title of strongest insect.

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I just came up with a great idea for a comic book. It would be based on the superhero Onthophagus taurus-Man, who was bitten by a radioactive Onthophagus taurus while on a high school field trip and was thus granted the proportionate strength of an Onthophagus taurus. Doesn´t that sound like a sure hit?
  by: Ben_Reilly     03/25/2010 05:03 PM     
  Lol @Ben,  
I can see a cartoon made out of that little story.
  by: captainJane     03/25/2010 11:37 PM     
Dunno how long a comic would be with a man carrying around 6 double-decker buses..
  by: Hytekhik   03/28/2010 08:24 PM     
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