How strong is the ironclad beetle?

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The ironclad bettle is one of the strongest animals in the world.

It can survive being run over by a car, pecked by predators and crushed underfoot.

Scientists have found that the Ironclad beetle can survive loads of about 39,000 times its body weight. That is the same as a 90kg human withstanding the weight of about 280 doubledecker buses.

Now scientists have found the reason behind the near-indestructibility of the shell.

The Ironclad’s interlocking exoskeleton is the key reason behind the finding. The interlocking sections resemble a jigsaw-puzzle pieces. In experiments the team found this helped distribute stress and make the skeleton more robust.

What is the Ironclad Bettle?

Found in wooded areas of the US west coast, the beetle is about 2cm in length.

Its wing covers, known as elytra, are not only hardened, but fused together.

Most Ironclad beetles live for live for about seven or eight years.

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Red
Red
1 year ago

Wow this is cool

Sian!
Sian!
1 year ago

Wow!

qwerty
qwerty
1 year ago

wow it does look strong too i cannot believe that it’s that strong!!!

ME!
ME!
1 year ago

Wow.
That is one strong beetle. Try killing that thing! Ooh! Maybe You could puncture it’s shell with a knife?

James
James
1 year ago

wow thats one strong insect

Princess of Cats
Princess of Cats
1 year ago

wow that beetle sounds super strong!!

oscar
oscar
1 year ago

damn its basically invincible

Danny bo1
Danny bo1
1 year ago

Wow

Lucas
Lucas
1 year ago

omg that is crazy

Purple Among us person deff not sus-
Purple Among us person deff not sus-
1 year ago

Damn thats so cool! I wish I was that strong lol 🙂

Jay
Jay
1 year ago

AWESOME!!!

ksf
ksf
1 year ago

wow

cool

BOB
BOB
1 year ago

That’s amazing

kaysiecorn
kaysiecorn
1 year ago

THAT’S SO UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!

Pop Smoke
Pop Smoke
1 year ago

I can survive being crushed by 280 double decker buses.
no biggie

Last edited 1 year ago by Pop Smoke
samantha
samantha
1 year ago

wow so strong i wish i was that strong

Emily
Emily
1 year ago

Wow

I’d cifn&
I’d cifn&
1 year ago

And sad

patrick
patrick
1 year ago

you couldtry to kill it with a nife

caleb
caleb
1 year ago

wow that’s the coolest thing i have ever heard in my life

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