Ask pretty much anyone and they will say they hate the sight of insects, unless if that someone happens to be an entomologists. But even the most seasoned of entomologists would get a good fright from these creatures listed here below.
The list is of some of the largest insects known to man. A list of 10 huge creepy crawlies to be exact.
#1 The Dung Beetle – The dung beetle is so named because it feeds on feces. These not so little guys are found in every continent except Antarctica.
#2 The Stag Beetle – These beetles are typically 1-1.5 inches, but some can grow to almost 4.8 inches in length. The male has elongated mandibles that they use to fight with other males over food.
#4 Female Queen Alexandra’s Birdwings – The females of this butterfly species is larger than the male, with a huge wingspan 12.2 inches (31cm). It is the largest butterfly in the world and is found in the tropical rain forests of New Guinea.
#5 Titan Beetle – Found in the rainforests of South America, the titan beetle is the second longest beetle in the world at 6.5 inches. Their sharp mandibles can cut into human flesh and have even been said to snap a pencil in half.
#6 Atlas Moth – This moth is found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Asia. Its total wing surface area can be 62 sq inches, making it the largest moth in the world, with the females being notably larger than the males. In India, Atlas moths are bred for their silk.
#7 Goliath Birdeater Spider – While not technically an insect but an arachnid, the Goliath birdeater is a member of the tarantula family and is the second largest spider in the world by leg span, but the largest in mass. They are native to South America, generally found in marshy or swampy areas. Although their name suggests they are bird eaters, they generally are not.
#8 Giant Walking Stick – With a length of up to 15 inches (with legs outstretched) this is the largest stick insect in North America. Since the body shape and color of the walking stick mimics that of a stick, it has a great camouflage which helps protect it from predators.
#9 Giant Weta – This is the largest of the weta species, which are native to New Zealand. Larger specimens can be 4 inches in length, not including the legs or antennae. Giant weta are often more passive and less social than the standard weta.
#10 Goliath Beetle – The Goliath beetle is found in African tropical forests and they range up to 4 inches in size. They feed primarily on tree sap and fruit. The male has a Y-shaped horn on its head which is used in battles with other males over food or mates.
Now excuse me while I go scratch all over my body, feeling very itchy after that.
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