1. The word “pain” derives from the Latin word “poena,”
Oh God! Kill it! Kill it!!! Or don’t. As creepy as those crawlies are, did you ever stop to think that maybe they actually have some important purpose? Remember, they’re more scared of you than you are of them.
Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar- While this butterfly is known for its glamorous aesthetics, its larvae is an armored congealed-blood-red caterpillar complete with tinted visor shades for its eyes and a quadruple row of blunt horns running across its body. Not only do they change color as they grow, generally shifting between red and black, their horns take on a bright orange hue. Why are they useful? They aid in controlling the population of Pipevine, an extremely poisonous plant. However, they do retain the toxins from these leaves, storing them for later. So, they’re a bit of a tossup.
Atlas Moth- While most moths can be easily labeled as drab or uninteresting, the Atlas Moth plays by its own rules. Believed to be the largest type of moth, their wingspan is a staggering 10 inches. Even more unique, the tips of their wings almost identically resemble snakeheads ready to strike. Found in Southeast Asia these moths are commonly farmed for their beautiful silk.
Blister Beetles- While in nature this beetle could take a human out of commission for quite a while, when diluted they offer us amazing medicinal properties. Blister beetle secretions can reduce burning pain sensations commonly associated with urinary tract infections, insect bites, kidney problems, and burns. They do this by secreting a substance called Cantharidin, which acts as a potent protein blocker in the human body. While this substance is still being researched, in the future it may be useful in the treatment of cancerous tumors that have proven resistant to traditional radiation and chemotherapy methods.
Maggots- I know, gross. However, before you’re too quick to judge, maggots have some pretty interesting uses! “Surgical maggots” feed on dead tissue, delivering amazing cleansing properties. Maggot therapy was actually standard practice in American medicine until the development of penicillin. However, recent medical research has been bringing them back into circulation. Maggot therapy has proven useful for patients whose wounds have either failed to respond to antibiotics or have incurred a flesh-eating bacteria. As of right now, they are most commonly used for staph infections and severe burns.
Centipedes- Ready for an all-natural cleanse? All though it may seem counterintuitive, centipedes have amazing detoxification properties. Powdered centipede can be combined with a plethora of other healthy ingredients to dissipate toxins and rid your body of free radicals. Eastern medicine has long associated centipede remedies with kidney and liver functions. Modern laboratory studies have confirmed their deductions!
Hercules Beetle– While it is certainly not the largest animal on the earth, it is the strongest! With the ability to carry 850 times its own weight on its back, these are some truly amazing creatures. These beetles may not have many uses for humans, but they certainly are useful for one another if they ever need to move dwellings!