The 27 Happiest Invertebrates In The World

Recently a friend sent out one of those gawker-style lists calculated to encourage maximum sharing and reposting: The 26 Happiest Animals In The World. It’s full of aww and squee, but one thing stood out- It’s absolutely devoid of invertebrates! How can that be, when invertebrates are the most numerous, most diverse, and clearly the happiest organisms on this planet? Well the answer is because they have their own list. And here it is.

The 27 Happiest Invertebrates In The World

Here are some ridiculously happy invertebrates who have clearly figured something out that they will hopefully share with the rest of us when they are done laying eggs in our laundry or whatever.

1. This Jumping Spider

Jurgen Otto

Secret To Happiness: Wins hands-down for the most insane mating display ever.
Favorite Thing: Surviving mating.

2. This Tardigrade

Tagide deCarvalho

Secret To Happiness: Slowly taking things as they come.
Favorite Thing: Being absolutely indestructible.

3. This Mantis


Secret To Happiness: Not afraid to strut her stuff for the opposite sex.
Favorite Thing:  Consuming the opposite sex.

4. This Snail


Secret To Happiness: Has a stick.
Favorite Thing: Stick.

5. This Fungus Gnat


Secret To Happiness: Glowing like a star on a comfy hammock made of slime.
Favorite Thing: Being a top New Zealand Tourist Attraction.

6. This Happy-Face Spider

Darlyne Murawski

Secret To Happiness: Having a great big happy face emblazoned on her ass.
Favorite Thing: Living in Hawaii year-round.

7. This Dragonfly

Secret To Happiness: Flying to and fro in the warm sun over sparkling rivers.
Favorite Thing: The Clean Water Act.

8. This Pill Bug

igor siwanowicz

Secret To Happiness:  Rolling up into a ball whenever life gets tough.
Favorite Thing: Not having to return to the sea to lay eggs.

9. This Japanese Beetle

Secret To Happiness: Stopping to smell the roses. Then eating them.
Favorite Thing: Launching self into street-lamps.

10. This Imperial Cicada

Alexey Yakovlev

Secret To Happiness:  Of all cicadas, singing it loudest and proudest.
Favorite Thing: Plant sap.

11. This Deer Tick


Secret To Happiness: Living life to its fullest.
Favorite Thing:  Puppies, and you.

12. This Argentine Ant Supercolony

Alex Wild

Secret To Happiness: Ability to colonize every continent except Antarctica.
Favorite Thing: Antarctica’s getting warmer by the minute.

13. This Arrow Worm

Steven Haddock

Secret To Happiness: Keeping trim on a diet of planktonic copepods.
Favorite Thing: Styling its facial hair every morning.

14. This Acorn Weevil


Secret To Happiness:  Dancing on a nut like she’s on top of the world!
Favorite Thing:  Ovipositing.

15. This Moth

Mike Tidd

Secret To Happiness:  Knows that being hairy isn’t scary.
Favorite Thing: Toasting each evening with a glass of fermented nectar.

16. This Mantis Shrimp

Secret To Happiness:  Wearing the punchiest fashions while throwing fast punches.
Favorite Thing:  Seeing better than you can.

17. This Antlion

Farhan Bokhari

Secret To Happiness:  Giving his all to his fans, every day.
Favorite Thing: Wiggling his elegant palps for the audience.

18. This Parasitic Wasp


Secret To Happiness: An unshakeable belief that we are on this planet to help others.
Favorite Thing: Sleeping in late.

19. This Bdellid Rotifer


Secret To Happiness: Not needing a man for 30 million years.
Favorite Thing: Spinning and Spinning and Spinning.

20. Pelagic Sea Slug

Gary Cobb

Secret To Happiness:  Flamboyantly dancing through life.
Favorite Thing: Eating jellyfish and incorporating their nematocysts.

21. This Leafcutter Ant

Alex Wild

Secret To Happiness:  Living with 8 million organic vegetarian farmers.
Favorite Thing: Promenading with a parasol.

22. This Sea Cucumber

Bill Curtsinger

Secret To Happiness: Told by naysayers that sea cucumbers are benthic, but won’t hear of it- It’s time to swim!
Favorite Thing:  Expelling its digestive tract onto naysayers.

23. This Baby Cuttlefish

ZSecret To Happiness:  Facing the world with optimism, anticipation, and skin that can change color to match every single float at Mardi Gras.
Favorite Thing:  Surprises.

24. This Giant Tube Worm Colony

Viki Ferrini

Secret To Happiness:  Living life on the edge.
Favorite Thing:  Has  secret crush on the deep-sea submersible Alvin.

25. This Centipede

Sam Martin

Secret To Happiness: Grabbing life by the forcipules and not letting go until it stops struggling so dang much.
Favorite Thing: Being a mom.

26. This Cassiopea Jellyfish

Secret To Happiness:  Standing the world on its head.
Favorite Thing:  Making its own food.

27. These Lord Howe Island Stick Insects

Joel Sartore

Secret To Happiness: Living for each other no matter what the odds.
Favorite Thing: Not being extinct.

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