Watch This Gross Bug Video, It’s Important

By Kelly Conaboy / March 2, 2012

What you’re about to see is a pretty gross video of a giant bug being born out of what looks like a creepy pod with a tiny little top hat. You’re probably thinking, “Hey Kelly, why do you always want to show us gross videos of bugs? Don’t you hate bugs? Don’t you know that we all hate bugs because they’re gross and we don’t even know why they exist, and we wish they would all just die? Not in a mean way, they can have pleasant and natural deaths, but then they all just wouldn’t exist anymore and finally humans could live in peace?” YES. All of that is true, you’ve read my mind exactly. But this bug video is special because it is of a bug called a “tree lobster,” gross, that before 2001 was thought to be extinct for 80 years. And this is the first video of its birth ever recorded in the whole history of the entire world. You can read about it here. But the most interesting thing about the bug that I found out is that they sleep in mated pairs, and when they’re sleeping the male drapes three of its legs (hahaha, bugs) over the female to protect her. ISN’T THAT JUST THE SWEETEST? Sweet little disgusting monsters. Watch its birth!

Ah, the horrifying miracle of life. You’re welcome for this Friday treat. Show your friends! (Via TheAwl.)