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The world’s strongest animal can lift staggering weights
- 1 The world’s strongest animal can lift staggering weights
- 2 Hercules Beetle
- 3 Hercules Beetle Facts
- 4 Hercules Beetle Location
- 5 Hercules Beetle
- 6 Most Powerful Bug Jaws On The Planet Titan Beetle Can Snap A Pencil In Half
- 7 Bug of the Week
- 8 Hercules: Hercules beetle, Dynastes tityus
- 9 References
- 10 Kamen Rider Beat Amazing Hercules
- 11 Top 10 Strongest Animals
- 12 10. Grizzly bear
- 13 9. Anaconda
- 14 8. Elephant
- 15 7. Musk Ox
- 16 6. Tiger
- 17 5. Eagle
- 18 4. Gorilla
- 19 3. Leafcutter ant
- 20 2. Rhinoceros Beetle
- 21 1. Dung Beetle
- 22 Black Dog Names – 250+ BEST Names for Black Dogs Breeds
- 23 Best Names for Black Dogs
- 24 Naming Your Black Dog – The Ultimate Black Dog Names
- 25 Female Black Dog Names
- 26 Unique Black Dog Names
- 27 Badass Black Dog Names
- 28 Cool Names For Black Dogs
- 29 Small Black Dog Names
- 30 Good Names for Black Dogs
- 31 Big Black Dog Names
- 32 Cute Names For Black Dogs
- 33 Tough Black Dog Names
- 34 Black Male Dog Names
- 35 Spanish Names for Black Dogs
- 36 Black Female Dog Names
- 37 Funny Black Dog Names
- 38 Final Word on Black Dog Names
Human weightlifters can heft some pretty impressive loads, but nature has created animals capable of astonishing feats of strength
- By Ella Davies
21 November 2016
Paul Anderson may have been the strongest man that ever lived. He could carry eight people on his back, or drive a nail through two planks of wood with one blow.
In 1957, Anderson apparently lifted 6,270 pounds (2.8 tonnes) on his back. This temporarily earned him a world record, but the record was subsequently taken away due to a lack of supporting evidence.
While some have come close, nobody has ever topped Anderson’s feat. At least, no human has. But elsewhere in the animal kingdom there are creatures capable of truly prodigious feats of strength.
Staying with the back lift, humans have a long history of loading up animals as beasts of burden. In the west, packhorses have been used since the Stone Age to carry heavy loads across uneven ground.
James Watt developed the concept of horsepower based on an experiment involving horses working a mill stone at a brewery
While a 2008 study suggested that light horses should carry no more than 20% of their bodyweight, their heavy counterparts were specially bred for strength.
By selectively breeding the biggest animals, people created giants like Shire horses and Clydesdales. These heavy horses are known as «draught horses» because of their pulling power. They effectively dragged us through the Industrial Revolution, first pulling carts and coaches, then barges and wagons of material for the railways.
In fact, when steam engines came along they were compared to the prodigious pulling power of horses.
Scottish engineer James Watt developed the concept of horsepower based on an experiment involving horses working a mill stone at a brewery. He calculated that one horse could lift 33,000lbs (15 tonnes) one foot into the air in one minute.
Working Shires can comfortably pull twice their weight
This is sometimes regarded as an over-estimate of the average heavy horse’s strength, although a 1993 study entitled simply «Horsepower from a horse» concluded that Watt got it about right. Regardless, the measurement stuck and is still used to describe engine power today.
Draught horses are still employed by a few traditional breweries for pulling carts, and are popular tourist attractions. They have also been embraced for forestry management, since they cause less disturbance to the environment than heavy machinery.
«Shires have the same musculoskeletal structure as any other horses,» says Angela Whiteway of the Shire Horse Society in Market Harborough, UK. «However, it is thought that having the hind legs set close together enables them to engage their power more effectively than if the hind legs are set wide apart.»
Whiteway says it is generally accepted that working Shires can comfortably pull twice their weight, meaning an average 1-tonne horse can pull 2 tonnes in weight. That is impressive, but other animals can haul more.
In the east, Asian elephants have been used to transport people and goods for thousands of years. Historically they have been a major feature of the logging industry, hauling heavy hardwoods through the difficult jungle terrain. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN, it is common for an elephant working in Sri Lanka’s logging operations to haul 3 or 4 tonnes a day.
John Hutchinson of the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK has studied the locomotion of Asian elephants. He attributes their strength to several specialisations.
In terms of sheer tonnage, elephants may well be the strongest animals alive
While many mammals’ skeletons account for around 10% of their body weight, the figure is closer to 20% for elephants, meaning they have a more robust frame. Hutchinson also says that their straighter limbs enable them to resist the downward force of gravity better, and to hold their own bulk plus any load.
Then there is the remarkable trunk. It contains no bones or cartilage, instead comprising up to 150,000 bundles of muscle fibres. The multi-use appendage allows elephants to communicate over vast distances, grasp individual twigs, reaffirm social bonds – and lift significant weights.
As with our own strength records, the maximum weight lifted by an elephant is a bit of a grey area. Still, a large bull is thought to be able to lift a log weighing up to 300kg with just its trunk. African elephants can weigh a tonne more than their Asian counterparts, so they may well be even stronger.
In terms of sheer tonnage, elephants may well be the strongest animals alive. But of course, they are pretty big themselves. Arguably the strongest animals are actually the smallest.
Ants are famously among the best super-atom-weight powerlifters in the world. Their prowess differs between species, but some can lift 10 to 50 times their bodyweight.
It is common for an elephant working in Sri Lanka’s logging operations to haul 3 or 4 tonnes a day
In 2010, an Asian weaver ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) was photographed lifting 100 times its mass by researchers at the University of Cambridge.
While humans rely on hefty back muscles and elephants use their trunks, ants depend on their powerful mandibles for the real heavy lifting. Trap-jaw ants (Ondontomachus) have such powerful muscles in their mandibles, if they hold the mandibles against the ground and snap them shut they can launch themselves into the air.
There is another group of insects with a talent for weightlifting: beetles.
Any insect named for the ancient demi-God Hercules can be expected to have a reputation for super-strength. But the oft-repeated tale that the Hercules beetle (Dynastes hercules) can lift 850 times its body weight is as unsubstantiated as Paul Anderson’s record-breaking back lift.
The Hercules beetle belongs to a group known as the rhinoceros beetles. Determined to find out the truth, locomotion expert Rodger Kram, now at the University of Colorado Boulder, put another kind of rhinoceros beetle to the test. He found they could only carry up to 100 times their bodyweight.
The mite can hold 1,180 times its own weight
In 2010, a new world’s strongest beetle was crowned. Just like all the stories of human champions from humble backgrounds, it has an unglamorous existence surrounded by manure. The horned dung beetle (Onthophagus taurus) can pull up to 1,141 times its own weight.
Rob Knell of Queen Mary, University of London in the UK discovered the dung beetles’ prowess while researching their mating tactics. The males use their horns to beat rivals, driving them out of tunnels and away from females.
The horned dung beetle’s proportional strength is rivalled only by the oribatid mite (Archegozetes longisetosus). It is microscopic, weighing just 100 micrograms, and lives in the soil of forest floors. In 2007 researchers found it can hold 1,180 times its own weight and pull 540 times its own mass with its claws.
The extraordinary might of these tiny creatures is down to a quirk of physics.
The pioneering scientist Galileo Galilei had it right in his 1638 book Two New Sciences, in which he wrote that smaller animals are proportionately stronger and more robust than larger ones. It all comes down to strength-to-weight ratios.
Scaled up to human size, an ant would be incredibly weak
A bigger beast may have bigger muscles, but a lot of their strength goes to supporting the animal’s own weight, so there is not much left over to lift additional weight. In contrast, tiny creatures have less mass to carry around, so they can dedicate more of their muscle power to weightlifting.
There are some additional biological factors that favour small animals. For example, the larger the animal, the more energy it needs to sustain essential functions like respiration and blood circulation. With simpler and more compact internal systems, smaller animals like beetles can invest more of the energy they gain from food into building strong exoskeletons, which bear weight better than soft tissue.
This means that, while insects can display amazing proportional strength, you cannot scale up an ant to human size and expect it to retain its power.
As the ant swelled, its mass would increase in line with its volume, so the dimensions would be cubed. But its strength comes from the surface area of the muscles, which would only be squared.
The King Kong idea doesn’t work, and neither do giant killer ants
«Scaled up to human size, an ant would be incredibly weak, because the cross-sectional area of its legs would have increased much less than the volume of its body,» says biologist and BBC Earth contributor Claire Asher. «It wouldn’t even be able to stand. And, much worse, it wouldn’t be able to breath either. Ants use tiny holes called spiracles to circulate oxygen into their bodies, but scaled-up to human size these tubes would be too small to provide oxygen to the entire body.»
These principles apply to all animals, and mean that each body type can only work within a limited range of sizes. «The King Kong idea doesn’t work, and neither do giant killer ants,» says Asher.
This implies that today’s strongest animals might be pretty representative of the strongest animals that have ever lived. Earth has been home to much bigger creatures than elephants – the largest dinosaurs dwarfed the elephants – but these huge beasts may not have been able to haul much more than the elephants do. Strength, it seems, has its limits.
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Hercules Beetle Facts
Hercules Beetle Location
The Hercules beetle is one of the largest species of beetle in the world, and is natively found in the jungles of South America. The Hercules beetle is the largest and most well known of all of the rhinoceros beetles, a group of large beetles that are closely related to the famous scarab beetle.
The Hercules beetle is found throughout the tropical jungles and rainforests of Central and South America, where the Hercules beetle spends the majority of its time foraging through the leaf-litter on the forest floor in search of something to eat. The fallen debris also helps to hide this enormous insect as it moves about.
There are thirteen known species of Hercules beetle found in the jungles of South America and the Hercules beetle was named for its sheer size as some males have been known to reach nearly 7 inches in length. Although it is quite rare for these beetles to get quite so big, the average adult Hercules beetle is usually between four and fifteen centimetres long depending on the species.
The most distinctive feature of the Hercules beetle has to be the enormous horn-like pincers which protrude from the forehead of the males. These horns can grow longer than the Hercules beetle’s body and are mainly used for solving disputes with other male Hercules beetles. Female Hercules beetles do not have horns but their bodies are thought to be larger, but shorter than their male counterparts.
The Hercules beetle is an omnivorous animal but it;’s diet both in its larvae and adult stages, is primarily made up of decaying plant matter. Rotting wood is the favoured meal of the Hercules beetle, along with fruits and other plant matter and the occasional small insect.
The Hercules beetle is said to be the strongest creature on earth for its size, able to carry 850 times its own body weight but these enormous insects are still hunted by numerous animals throughout the jungles of Central and South America. Bats, rats and birds are the main predators of the Hercules beetle along with reptiles and omnivorous mammals.
The larval stage of the Hercules beetle will last one to two years, with the larva growing up to 4.5 inches in length and weighing up to 120 grams. Much of the life of the Hercules beetle larva is spent tunnelling through its primary food source of rotting wood. After the larval period, transformation into a pupa, and moulting occur, with the Hercules beetle then emerging as an adult.
Today, the Hercules beetle is threatened as much of its natural habitat has been lost to deforestation or been affected by both air and water pollution.
Most Powerful Bug Jaws On The Planet Titan Beetle Can Snap A Pencil In Half
The Titan beetle has some of the most powerful jaws in the bug world and can snap a pencil in half but is gentle when handled by humans.
As its name suggests, the Titanus giganteus, or Titan Beetle, is a giant of the insect world. Adults can grow up to 6.5 inches (16.7 cm) long and have incredibly strong jaws that can snap wooden pencils in half, so just imagine what they could do to your fingers. Luckily, these scary-looking bugs are quite harmless to humans.
The Titan beetle is one of the most mysterious creatures on Earth. It lives unobtrusively deep in some of the South America’s hottest tropical rain forests and only ventures out when seeking out mates. The larvae of this amazing insect have never been found, but judging by the large boreholes found in dead trees in their natural habitat, scientists believe Titan beetle grubs feed on decaying wood below ground for several years before reaching maturity. The size of these holes suggests the grubs are around two inches in diameter and up to a foot long. Just like the Atlas Moth, the Titan beetle doesn’t feed during its adult life cycle, using the reserves gathered in its pupa stage to fly around long enough to find a mate. Because they mostly sit around waiting for males to seek them out and fertilize their eggs, females have rarely been spotted
Although the Hercules Beetle is considered the world’s longest beetle, measuring over 7 inches (over 17.5 cm) because of its enormous horn which makes up around have the total length, in terms of sheer body size the Titanus giganteus is the world’s largest beetle, and one of the largest insects on the planet. They defend themselves by hissing in warning and using their large jaws to bite attackers. It also has very strong legs equipped with sharp claws that can literally tear through flesh. Titans never attack unprovoked, but must be handled with care as they can do some serious damage.
The Titan beetle typically lives in the rain forests of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, the Guianas and north-central Brazil, where locals and researchers try to capture them after dark, with bright lights. There is an entire eco-tourism industry based on the Titan beetle, which provides sightseeing tours of the insect in its habitat, and the selling of specimens, which can cost up to $500. The largest recorded Titanus giganteus measured 16.7 centimeters, more than some adult Chihuahuas, and was collected by entomologist Patrick Bleuzen in French Guyana.
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Bug of the Week is written by «The Bug Guy,» Michael J. Raupp, Professor of Entomology at the University of Maryland.
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Hercules: Hercules beetle, Dynastes tityus
In Roman mythology, Hercules was a hero of remarkable strength and courage renowned for performing amazing feats such as slaying the 9-headed water beast called the Lernaean Hydra, exterminating man-eating birds, and cleaning a mighty big stable in a single day by rerouting two rivers to flush away the filth. Last week while removing a large fruit tree, an observant and lucky insect aficionado happened across several extraordinarily large beetle grubs and a rambunctious pair of Hercules beetles. The Hercules beetle is the largest beetle found in eastern North America. Like its namesake, this beetle is crazy strong. When placed in a terrarium with a tightly fitting lid on my kitchen counter, the male Hercules beetle easily lifted the lid, climbed out, and went for a stroll around my home.
Our local Hercules beetle belongs to a family called the Scarabaeidae which includes pests such as the Japanese beetle and other relatives with horns such as rhinoceros beetles. Male rhinoceros beetles in tropical lands have exceptionally long horns used to wage war with other males as they vie for the right to mate. Battles consist of males challenging each other with a series of squeaking sounds. This may be followed by a tussle involving dueling with the horns. The winner usually gets the gal and the loser retreats sometimes with more than his pride wounded. Occasionally, while would-be suitors are occupied in battle, sneaky, noncombatant, interlopers court and win the affections of the lady. Sounds like an episode of a bad soap opera.
Larvae use powerful jaws to gnaw decaying wood.
In the wild, the main food of adult beetles is the sap of trees and fruit. Beetles create a sap-flow by scraping away tender bark of the tree. In captivity, adult Hercules beetles eat fresh and rotting fruit including apples, oranges, cherries, and bananas. Adult beetles live several months and lay rather large eggs in rotting wood of hollow or fallen trees. Larvae hatch from the eggs and may require 12 to 18 months to complete development, attaining a size of roughly two inches. The larvae, called grubs, consume decomposing wood and organic matter, and grow bigger and bigger. Eventually they change to pupae, from which new adults emerge in time.
These guys make interesting pets and are fairly easy to rear. Web sites listed below contain instructions for the culture and care of these creatures. Unfortunately, Hercules beetles are attracted to lights and will sometimes appear at porch lamps or in illuminated parking lots where they are eaten by predators or killed by humans. Although these very large beetles appear scary, they are harmless to humans. If you see one or encounter the grubs, enjoy them and return them to the wild unharmed. They are important recyclers of nutrients locked-up in wood and one of Mother Nature’s most fantastic creations.
Special thanks to Ellery and Erik for sharing their family of Hercules beetles with Bug of the Week. To learn more about unicorn beetles and their ways, please visit the following web sites:
Kamen Rider Beat Amazing Hercules
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Amazing Hercules is Kamen Rider Beat’s Apple Green form accessed using the Amazing Hercules Progrise Key in his custom Zero-One Driver. It’s ability is «Strong». Nio gained this form after taking the Amazing Hercules Progrise Key from Horobi.
The arm and leg strength are enhanced due to embodying the abilities of a hercules beetle. The horn on his head is called Hercule Horn ( ハーキュリーホーン Hākyurī Hōn ) and can extend its length according to the needs of the user. This form also allows Beat to pick up and throw objects easily.
This form’s finisher is the «Amazing Impact». This finisher has two variants.
*Beat rushes at his enemy and judo tosses them into their air. Once the enemy falls back to him, Beat strikes them with a diagonal karate chop.
*A large wave of energy in the shape of a hercules beetle’s horn is projected from the Hercule horn. Beat then swings his head upward, slamming the projection into his target.
Top 10 Strongest Animals
Many animals possess strength that even the strongest humans could only dream about.
Different animals have different kinds of strength. Some have pure brute strength and are capable of lifting, dragging, carrying or pulling enormous weights. Others may be much smaller yet have immense power compared to their size. Here are 10 of the world’s strongest animals. Prepare to be amazed.
10. Grizzly bear
When it comes to pure strength the Grizzly bear can lift over 500kg, 0.8 times its body weight.
An anaconda snake can squeeze something the same as its own 250kg body weight to death.
In brute strength, elephants are the strongest mammals and the strongest land animals. African elephants can weigh up to 6,350kg and they can carry up to 9,000kg, the weight of 130 adult humans.
7. Musk Ox
There’s a reason for the popular sayig “as strong as an ox”! An ox can pull and carry something 900kg, 1.5 times its body weight across rugged terrain.
A tiger can carry something 550kg, twice its own body weight ten feet up a tree.
An eagle is the strongest bird, able to lift something four times its own body weight during flight.
A gorilla can lift something 2,000kg (as heavy as 30 humans), over 10 times their body weight.
3. Leafcutter ant
Tiny leafcutter ants can lift and carry in their jaws something 50 times their own body weight of about 500mg. That’s the same as a human lifting a truck with its teeth.
2. Rhinoceros Beetle
Rhinoceros Beetles can lift something 850 times their own weight. To put this into perspective, if a human had the strength of the rhinoceros beetle, it would be able to lift a 65 ton object. If the mighty elephant had equal strength to the rhinoceros beetle it would be able to carry 850 elephants on its back.
1. Dung Beetle
A dung beetle is not only the world’s strongest insect but also the strongest animal on the planet compared to body weight. They can pull 1,141 times their own body weight. This is the equivalent of an average person pulling six double-decker buses full of people. Now that’s strong!
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