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6 Animals That Look Like Theyre Dressed Up for Halloween

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Whatever the case, its still a spider with a skull on its back, which is one more thing than it needed to be terrifying. Oh, and dont try to console yourself by pretending that the spiny orb weaver is some rarity that you will never come across. In truth, they can be found grinning it up in bushesall over the globe, dropping down at the last second and causing you to miss your bus.

6 Animals That Look Like Theyre Dressed Up for Halloween

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But, as weve mentioned before, ladybugs are red with black spots in order to let predators know that theyre poisonous. More than likely, the awl evolved its perversely adorable look in order to trick others into thinking the same thing. And if that doesnt work, the fact that they EAT POISON might. Their favorite food isDerris elliptica, a toxic plant that doubles as an insecticide, a fish-stunner, and a core ingredient in poison-tipped arrows.

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Low self-esteem? Overcompensation?Sons of Anarchyfan? Who knows why the deaths-head hawkmoth wears the reaper on its back. All we know is that, despite the desperate transparency of a full-back skull tattoo, the little bugger is actually pulling off dont mess with me pretty well. It couldnt be more terrifying if the skull was actually made up of naked dead girls, a la its guest appearance on the poster forThe Silence of the Lambs. (Have you ever looked really closely at it? Zoom and enhance, friends.)

We checkedthree timesto make sure this wasnt a portrait of Michael Fassbender.

So, yknow, try not to snuggle too close.

Pink underwing moths come from the subtropical rain forests of Australia, and even though they arent poisonous and lack ravenous fangs, they still found a way to be horrifying and do their native land proud. In its earliest larval stages, the caterpillar relies oncrypsisto avoid predators, which basically means that it impersonates a dead leaf. But as the moths mature, they develop into what we see here, because hiding from your enemies isnt nearly as fun as scaring the crap out of them,Scooby-Doovillain style.

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Fortunately for you, if you hate and fear roaches (or unfortunately for you, if youre trying to put on an all-insectStar Warsrevue), that Ecuadorian volcano is the only place where these roaches have been found, and it kinda blew up a few years ago. No living specimens have been found since, and science is not optimistic that they ever will again. Serves the bastards right for foisting off all those faulty droids on naive farm folk.

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The voodoo caterpillar better thank its lucky stars that everybodys afraid of it, because it cant actually hurt anything exceptCarronia multisepalea, a rare type of vine that is literally the only thing it eats. Also, thevine is disappearing, and thus so is the caterpillar, implying that perhaps their mojo is not so powerful after all.

But, much like Mike Tyson, the deaths-head moth loses a little of that street cred when it opens its mouth:

To its credit, the roach almost pulls it off: If it werent for the disturbing pockmarked surface of the mask and haphazard mouth line, it would be a pretty sweet costume. Its even sort of got that adorable little pouch/bandolier running across the torso that all Jawas have.

Thats right: This skull-covered, armor-plated avatar of death … squeaks like an adorable little dog toy when you poke at it.

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But if youre still a little queasy about it, dont worry:Lucihormetica luckaeis a bioluminescent roach found only on the slopes of Ecuadors Tungurahua volcano. But this roach isnt satisfied with simply glowing, as it is also the first documented case ofasymmetrical bioluminescenceever found. This is science-speak for weird, creepy face that glows in the dark. Its sort of like when your mom said she had eyes in the back of her head, only in this case the eyes arent functional, but merely a defensive pattern to deter predators, and oh — also your mom is a roach.

But the deaths-head moth doesnt give a happy damn about any of that. They have thick body armor, are mostly immune to venom, and produce ascent very similar to a bees. In addition, some researchers think that spooky skull marking is actually designed to resemble a bee — if you squint real hard, and are as stupid as a bee.

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Thats a Skulltula from theLegend of Zeldaseries. If you dont recognize the character, try picturing it dropping down from the ceiling right as you prime yourself for a difficult jump, causing you to clumsily fall down a pit and start over from a checkpoint 20 minutes back. Although Skulltula is its technical name, you may know it better simply as You rotten bastard!

Da wook at dat widdle guy. If we werent such firm believers in the extinction of all insect-kind, wed almost want to keep this tiny fella as a pet. This is the caterpillar form of thecommon awl skipperbutterfly, a native of Southeast Asia. Its perfect little smiling jack-o-lantern of a face might be unnerving on, say, a giant spider or some sort of parasitic devil-wasp, but slapped atop that goofy, roly-poly fuzzy body?

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Or maybe were giving it too much credit. Maybe the orb weaver doesnt have much of an imagination and its just going as some lame regular skeleton, like the guys who go to Halloween parties as a mummy or a Dracula. Maybe its a Misfits fan. Heck, maybe it digs the prequels and just screwed up the Darth Maul makeup:

It seems to be more or less a regular, harmless old daddy longlegs … at least until some clueless teenage spiders start boning near its resting place and awaken its wrath. Then the only way to stop it will be via lightning strike, or a disappointing sequel where it gets sent up to space, underperforms at the box office, and overstays its welcome as a franchise.

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It really is a mask, too: The whole thing is part of the creaturesdorsum, and its actual head is shielded underneath.When threatened, the caterpillar raises its dorsum like a dog raises its hackles. The big, black, vacant eyes, plus the chattering skull markings that surround them, create a nightmarish face that warns any would-be predators that they might want to back the hell away so quickly that their legs spin comically in place.

Meet thespiny orb weaver. Now, good ol Spiny up there doesnt need to dress up as anything scary; its a spider. Just by existing, it has already made the world a slightly worse place. Instead, SOW likes to dress up in a fashion that honors its nerdy Nintendo fandom:

Its like the Headless Horseman, but with the body of a furry condom.

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Ah, its natural habitat — some broads face.

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Say hello to theJasons mask harvestman(actual name), the only known species of daddy longlegs to resemble a crazed serial killer from a horror flick. You can thank the Brazilian Amazon for introducing this skittering atrocity to the world. It was only discovered this past January, so researchers havent even had time to think of a decent scientific name for it, hence the clumsy but unerring pop culture reference.

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Halloween is that one time of year when you can dress however you want — scary, silly, sexy,chillingly unsexy– and nobody will judge you. (Unless you enter some sort of contest, in which case youre really just bringing it on yourself.) Candy binging, alcohol poisoning, questionable hook-ups — truly, Halloween is a magical day. Which is why some animals choose to celebrate it 24/7 …

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This cockroach is operating on a very mistaken assumption: It thinks it can throw on a bathrobe and some custom LED goggles and coast off the inexplicable cuteness wave of the Jawas fromStar Wars.

Pure cuteness. Its even a little clumsily done, like letting a kid apply her own costume makeup on Halloween night.

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6 Animals That Look Like Theyre Dressed Up for Halloween

There are actually a few species called deaths-head moths, but by far the coolest, and most famous, isAcherontia atropos. Not just because theyre born with club colors already inked up, but because they barge into hives and steal honey from bees. Usually, this is ahorribleidea. Bees are formidable adversaries and do not generally enjoy being home-invasioned. Even the Asian giant hornet, which is capable of destroying hundreds of bees single-handedly, wont try to force its way into the hive while there are guards on duty. Its suicide.

Look, gang, Old Man Fetal Butterfly was the monsterall along!

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