Behold the mighty abdomen of the Red-striped Oil Beetle!

Their hind quarters are so huge that their wing cases have given up all hope and are resigned to being little more than shoulder pads.

It looks like these things should live underground like a queen termite, laying eggs and avoiding all movement. In reality, they can run surprisingly fast!

…Images: Siga/gailhampshire

Bathyteuthis berryi is a deep sea squid that has been spotted carrying a gelatinous membrane full of 360 eggs in their tentacles.

Other squid attach their eggs to the sea floor and leave, never to see them again. Either that or they produce an overwhelmingly huge number of floating eggs and hope a few survive.

For a food-starved squid living far above the ocean floor, neither option is viable, so it’ll have to be the old “carry a big, mucusy net of children” strategy.

This is just the second squid to be seen carrying out any form of parental care, but it may be quite common in the deeps. You just have to be in the right place at the right time to see it!

More in this video by MBARI.

Giant African Land Snails like Achatina fulica and Achatina achatina are the biggest land snails in the world! They reach some 8 inches long and sometimes even longer.

They’re also extremely invasive. While they’re native to sub-Saharan Africa, they’ve spread to warm, humid areas all over the world.

They get taken over as pets or as a food source and if they escape, they’re able to live in a huge variety of habitats and feed on a vast menu of fruit and vegetables.

They’re truly a most unexpected invasion. I would’ve assumed that the biggest land snail in the world would be some rare species endemic to a remote southeast Asian island that can only be visited by hitching a lift on a fishing boat.

Instead, they’re a global pest species!

Images: Grzegorz Polak/Arthur Chapman/Schneckenmama/Sonel.SA