How strong is the ironclad beetle?

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
23 days ago

Wow this is cool

Sian!
Sian!
23 days ago

Wow!

qwerty
qwerty
23 days ago

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

ME!
ME!
22 days ago

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

James
James
22 days ago

wow thats one strong insect

Princess of Cats
Princess of Cats
22 days ago

wow that beetle sounds super strong!!

oscar
oscar
22 days ago

damn its basically invincible

Danny bo1
Danny bo1
21 days ago

Wow

Lucas
Lucas
21 days ago

omg that is crazy

Purple Among us person deff not sus-
Purple Among us person deff not sus-
21 days ago

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

Jay
Jay
21 days ago

AWESOME!!!

ksf
ksf
21 days ago

wow

cool

BOB
BOB
20 days ago

That’s amazing

kaysiecorn
kaysiecorn
20 days ago

THAT’S SO UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!

Pop Smoke
Pop Smoke
20 days ago

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

Last edited 20 days ago by Pop Smoke
samantha
samantha
18 days ago

wow so strong i wish i was that strong

Emily
Emily
18 days ago

Wow

I’d cifn&
I’d cifn&
7 days ago

And sad

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