`World`s strongest insect can pull load 1141 times its weight`
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 18:54
London: Dung beetle species Onthophagus taurus, that has been named as the world's strongest insect by scientists, can pull a load 1,141 times its own body weight.

It is equivalent of an average person pulling six fully-laden double decker buses, the Daily Mail reported.

A team of researchers from QueensMary University of London tested the physical strength of male dung beetles by measuring the amount of force required to pull a rival from the hole a female beetle has dug to reproduce in.

Rob Knell, one of the researchers said: "Female beetles of this species dig tunnels under a dung pat, where males mate with them. If a male enters a tunnel that is already occupied by a rival, they fight by locking horns and try to push each other out."

Male dung beetles prove their supremacy in front of a female by pushing any competing males out of the tunnel, Knell said in the study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

"Insects are well known for being able to perform amazing feats of strength, and it's all on account of their curious sex lives," he added.


First Published: Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 18:54

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