Ironclad Beetle’s Exoskeleton Holds Up to Crushing Force 39,000 Times Beetle’s Weight

A diabolical ironclad beetle can withstand the crushing force of 39,000 times its own body weight. (Purdue University/Erin Easterling)

Ironclad Beetle is the Unsquishable Force

Health Editor’s Note: While I greatly disapprove of driving over this beetle, to test its unsquishablility, not once but twice with a Toyota Camry, the fact that it could withstand such punishment speaks for its invincibility.

By researching the beetle’s exoskeleton structure engineers may be able to apply the same techniques to synthetic materials that are used in construction and aircraft. For now it may just be enough to know how unsquishable this beetle is…..Carol 


Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – one daughter-in-law; Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescue pups.

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