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Best Bugs

Champion Flyer – The monarch butterfly is known to travel more than 2,000 miles in a single migration.

Champion Breath Holder – The cockroach can go as long as 40 minutes without inhaling.

Champion Dad – Active paternal parenting is rate among insects, but the giant water bug is an exception. The female glues eggs onto the father’s back. Dad then keeps the eggs healthy until they hatch.

Champion Jumper – The spittlebug can jump more than 2 feet high, the equivalent of a human jumping over the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

Champion Weight Lifter – A rhinoceros beetle can support 850 times its own weight – pretty impressive compared with the African elephant, which can hold up to a quarter of its weight.