Top 10 Largest Insects In The World!


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From massive beetles to ginormous cockroaches…stay tuned to number 1 to find out who takes the
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title of the largest insect in the world!
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Number 10: The Praying Mantis.
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Everybody’s favorite giant grasshopper, the Praying Mantis is one of the biggest bugs
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on Earth.
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Standing up to 7 inches in height, these guys are recognized for their bright green bodies
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and hand gesture that makes them look like they are bowing in prayer.
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To whom they pray, we’ll never know.
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The largest Praying Mantis ever found was discovered in South China at just over 7 inches
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tall.
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Scientists believe they can grow even a bit bigger, too.
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Luckily nothing larger has ever been found.
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On the plus side of these giants, Praying Mantises are bug eaters themselves, so they
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do a good job of keeping your back yard clear of other, more annoying insects.
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Just keep them away from your small lizard pets and birds, as they have been known to
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eat them, also.
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Number 9: The Acetaeon Beetle.
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Kicking off the category of Rhinoceros Beetles (yes, it’s a whole category!), the Actaeon
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Beetle is a big one.
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Growing as long as 5.3 inches long and nearly 3 inches wide, these behemoths are not hard
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to miss.
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They have dark, black bodies and a huge horn on the front of their face, hence the rhino
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reference.
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It’s hard to miss one in the wild, so it’s your own fault if you run into one!
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The Actaeon Beetle lives primarily in South America, so most of the world doesn’t have
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to worry about ever spotting one in their back yard.
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These guys love the deep, damp jungle areas and can be found in nearly every country on
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the South American continent.
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Your best bet for avoiding these huge bugs is to stick to the cities and tourist areas.
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Number 8: The Titan Beetle Another Rhino bug, the Titan Beetle is the
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thing of nightmares.
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Stretching to an amazing 6.6 inches long, this is another fat bug with a huge horn.
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Depending on their definition, some scientists claim that the Titan Beetle is the largest
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bug on Earth.
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While other bugs have longer horns (As we’ll see in a minute), this creepy crawly is mostly
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meat.
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If you factor in its incredibly long, scaly legs, it has one of the largest square inch
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sizes of any bug on the planet.
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Interestingly, nobody knows what they eat in the wild, as one was kept in captivity
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for several weeks and would not eat any fruits it was introduced to.
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This discovery lead some to believe that, like a few other species of insects, it may
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not need to eat at all and survives by using calories that it consumes while still in the
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larval form.
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In fact these beetles are so secretive and hard to find that nobody has even seen its
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larvae.
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But there is some good news: The Titan Beetle is very shy.
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They hide deep in the rainforests of South America and only really emerge when looking
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for a mate.
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Other than that, it’s your own fault if you find one and get bit.
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Number 7: The Hercules Beetle.
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Rounding out the Rhino bug category, the Hercules Beetle can grow to 6.7 inches in length.
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The most prominent feature is the bug’s gigantic facial horn that makes up about half of its
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body length.
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Like the others, it’s another chubby bug with creepy scaly legs to go with its massive,
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ugly horn.
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The males are much larger than the females, as the females don’t have nearly as big of
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a horn.
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Seeing as half the entire insect is the horn, this makes the females nearly half size compared
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to their male counterparts.
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Rumor has it that Hercules Beetles can carry hundreds of times their body weight, too.
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However, it’s never been seen in person, so that could just be a folk tale told by the
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locals near the rainforests where they live.
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Let’s hope that’s true so no one is ever carried off by one of these things.
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Number 6: The Macrodontia Cervicornis.
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As is expected, a long name goes hand in hand with a long bug.
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While this one isn’t known for its big horn, the Macrodontia Cervicornis is known for its
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giant jawbone.
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This guy basically looks like a walking pair of pliers.
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I imagine the bite would not be fun at all.
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The name actually comes from the words for “long tooth” and “deer antler” which are really
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good ways to describe the Macrodontia Cervicornis.
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Most of their lives are spent in the larvae stage, up to 10 years in length, before being
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born.
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Another bug found deep in the South American rainforest (maybe it’s best to stay out of
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there), you are unlikely to see one of these near populated areas like towns and cities.
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If you spot one, though, either run away or crush it with your car.
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Number 5: The Giant Weta When you’re a bug living long enough on a
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deserted island, it’s only a matter of time until you grow to an insane size.
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That’s what happened to the Giant Weta..living safely on the islands near New Zealand for
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centuries with no real predators to speak of.
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Now these cricket relatives have developed up to 4 inches in length and 2.5 ounces in
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weight, making them one of the heaviest bugs on Earth.
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Of course, a bug with “Giant” in its name would be creepy and huge.
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Their name comes from the Maori word “wetapunga” which translates to “God of the Ugly Things”.
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Just take one look and it is hard to disagree with that.
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The good news is that the Giant Weta is too heavy to fly, so no worries of them leaving
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the island anytime soon.
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Of course, if they never leave their safe islands, they’ll just grow bigger and bigger.
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Number 4: The Giant Burrowing Cockroach.
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Taking the record of worst insect name, the Giant Burrowing Cockroach is the largest cockroach
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on the planet.
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Fortunately, this one can’t fly like some of the other cockroaches, which may make them
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the best ones to have around, if they must be here.
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A very large bug at up to 3 inches long, it’s only found in Australia.
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Strangely enough, the locals don’t seem to mind the Giant Burrowing Cockroach.
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They are known for their ability to eat and break down dead leaves, making them pretty
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useful to the environment.
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Some people take their love of these big bugs a step further and keep them as pets.
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A rare but useful bug, the Giant Burrowing Cockroach is more a friend than a foe, eating
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dead leaves and basically acting like a reverse leaf blower for your back yard.
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If you find one in your back yard, just leave it alone and let it do the yard work for you.
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Number 3: The Tarantula Hawk.
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Ok, we spoke too soon.
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With the worst name in creature history, the Tarantula Hawk is one of the scariest looking
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insects ever.
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A relative of the wasp family, oddly enough, these guys can be a helpful little thing like
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that cockroach from earlier.
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The name comes from the fact that these guys seek out and eat Tarantula Spiders whenever
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they can.
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The Tarantula Hawk goes after these huge, juicy spiders because their larvae need quite
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a bit of food in order to grow and develop.
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They have sharp barbs and a very painful stinger that they use to take down the huge spiders.
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The Tarantula Hawk can be found in the Southwest United States, among other countries and regions.
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Luckily for us, they are pretty calm and don’t like to pick a fight unless provoked.
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Get it mad and it’s a whole different story, though, offering one of the most painful stings
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in the world.
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Like most bugs on the list, it’s best to just leave them alone.
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Number 2: The Atlas Moth.
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Definitely the coolest looking insect on our list, the Atlas Moth is a gigantic moth that
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really looks like a huge butterfly.
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Their total wing size can be up to 60 square inches, and even the caterpillar can grow
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to be 1 inch thick, which is way bigger than any normal moth.
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Found mainly in Taiwan in Asia, the Atlas Moth are massive from the start.
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Even in the cocoons they are large, and natives have been known to take the finished cocoons
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and use them as handbags.
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Yes, a giant bug cocoon being used as a fashion statement.
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That’s how big this bug is!
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The Atlas moth can be a beautiful insect, looking a lot more like a butterfly than a
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moth.
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Their name comes from the Greek god Atlas who held the sky in place on his shoulders.
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A fitting name for such a huge insect.
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Number 1: The Phryganistria Chinensis Zhao Have you ever seen a stick come to life?
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If you have, you may have spotted the largest insect on the planet.
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Apparently, there is a whole category of “Stick Bugs” out there, and the Phryganistria Chinensis
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Zhao is the largest of them all.
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These long, lanky mantis-like bugs stretch to an amazing 24 inches long.
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That’s a 2-foot tall insect!
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When you spot one in the wild, you will know.
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The largest one ever discovered was found in 2016 and clocked in at 24 inches.
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Before that, a 22 inch long bugger was known for decades and it’s body was on display at
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the Natural History Museum in London England.
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It was found decades earlier in Asia.
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Then this even longer one came along in 2016.
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The new discover was named after Zhao Li of the Insect Museum of West China, who spent
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many years in search of the somehow elusive 2 foot tall beast bug.
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Luckily, he only found one.
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However, it’s clearly not the only one, as the discovered bug managed to lay 6 eggs and
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each baby started out at just over 10 inches in length.
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So, the next time you go to grab a walking stick on the forest ground, just kick it a
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little to see if it’s alive.
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Tell us what you think about these insanely large insects in the comments below and…take
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care!


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