If you want to design a truly bizarre alien creature, you really don’t need to look farther than our own animal kingdom for inspiration. And some Earth-dwelling critters look especially odd when they’re first hatching into the world. Don’t believe us? Check out these videos of not-so-cute hatchlings.

Baby black widows hatching

Platypuses hatching

A Lord Howe Island stick insect hatching from a tiny egg, recorded by zookeeper Rohan Cleave from Melbourne Zoo in Australia


The birth of bees

Birth of fourteen black mambas

Newborn Octopodes

A monarch caterpillar hatching from its egg

Gulf klillfish (Fundulus grandis), hatching under the microscope

Hatching mosquito eggs

Stink bug eggs hatching

Ball Python eggs