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