Huge Insects That Inhabit Our World

– [Narrator] Most of us hate bugs. While some people are interested in them, creepy crawlies are rarely
appreciated and often shunned. But if you ever see the
incredibly huge insects mentioned in this video in real life, you’ll definitely take some interest or at least wonder what
kind of radioactive waste they’ve consumed to grow
so monstrously large. (exciting music) Number 10, tarantula hawk. Without a doubt, tarantulas are fearsome eight legged freaks that inspire horror. Their mere presence is
extremely frightening, but each critter has its match and fortunately, nature
has given us an ally. Meet the tarantula hawk. Don’t let its name fool you though, because this is actually a wasp, and the largest of all wasps at that. The tarantula part of its name is a reference to the fact that they hunt tarantulas like a hawk. They can reach up to five centimeters long and hunt even the 30 centimeter big Goliath bird eating spider. Arachnids don’t stand a chance
against its painful sting, which will paralyze them. So just how painful is its sting? To put it into context,
it’s so excruciating that all you can do is lie down and scream like no one’s listening. It’s one of the most agonizing
stings in the insect kingdom. And the worst part? It favors the tropics in
the Southern Hemisphere. But it can be found world wide. Be on the lookout for this predator. Number nine, Saint Helena earwig. Most of us dream of going
on an island getaway, far from the stresses of the mainland. But if you haven an
irrational fear of insects, you might wanna pick your
vacation spot carefully. You see, the isolated
island of Saint Helena, in the South Atlantic Ocean, is home to the world’s biggest earwig. The Saint Helena earwig is
the largest of its species, as it can grow up to 3.3 inches long. This spine chilling bug will definitely not give you respite
or a good night’s rest. What if it creeps into your ear while you’re unsuspectingly sleeping? Well, you won’t have to worry too much, this creature has been
considered extinct since 1967, due to habitat loss and
predation by rodents, thus the moniker Dodo of Dermaptera. This earwig burrowed into the ground and only came out at
night after it rained. There are some; however,
who are still hopeful it’s still hiding somewhere. Expeditions as recently as
2003 took place to find one, but they have so far been unsuccessful. Number eight, giant long-legged katydid. Imagine yourself walking
through a lush forest, enjoying the scenery. You’re so enchanted by the greenery and tempted to touch the plants. Suddenly, a leaf is crawling on you. Is it a leaf? Is it a bug? You just had a first-hand experience of the giant long-legged katydid. It is easy to mistake them as leaves because that’s exactly what
they’re meant to look like. This camouflage is their
natural protection, as they can’t fly or jump very well. What’s particularly shocking,
is that they can grow up to six inches in length. As if that’s not enough,
one species of the katydid can have a wingspan of 9.8 inches. Fortunately, if you
don’t want to see them, Winter is a great time. Only the eggs survive during the cold, while the live ones simply die. But you don’t necessarily venture into the forest during Winter, do you? Number seven, African Goliath beetle. Africa boasts a diverse
array of flora and fauna, making it a great destination
for nature lovers. One of its exquisite attractions is the African Goliath Beetle,
the world’s heaviest bug. To be precise, the larva are the heaviest, which can weigh up to a hundred grams. That’s like holding a medium
sized apple on your hand. Its diet is high in protein and as pets, you can feed it dog or cat food. That explains its weight. As far as its size go,
adult males are larger than their female counter parts, which can grow as big as 4.3 inches. It also has a strong pair of first wings that protect the second
pair of wings underneath. The second pair is what it uses to fly. So imagine this gargantuan beetle buzzing. While it looks imposing, we
should be glad it exists. It is considered nature’s janitor, as it eats dead plants and dung; cleaning everything in its path. Now that’s one useful job
that it has in the eco system. Number six, praying mantis. The praying mantis can
grow as long as six inches, so that’s half of a standard ruler. This stealthy insect will
eat any bug smaller than it and does so with extreme accuracy. Its greatest asset to its notoriety is its long forearms snatch
anything in front of it. Plus, its long thorax
then improves its reach. But that’s not the most
fearsome trait that it has. First of all, it can turn
its head 180 degrees, so that nothing escapes its sight. Add another 180 degree rotation, and it would look like a possessed insect. Moreover, it has the
habit of eating its mate and decapitating its head. Now that’s just ruthless and scary. Now that we’re halfway through, let’s have a quick trivia question. Here’s the Normal Eastern Dobsonfly, it grows as big as five inches. But a giant version has been found in an area where it wasn’t seen before. How big do you think this giant is? Stick around til the end,
as I’ll reveal it then. Number five, giant weta. One of the seven deadly plagues that swept Egypt in the Old Testament was a swarm of locusts. If you thought that was one nasty plague, imagine if you had giant wetas waiting outside your doorstep. The giant weta can grow
as big as four inches. But that’s not the reason
why it made this video, it’s considered the heaviest
adult bug in the world. Only outweighed by the
African Goliath beetle larva, it’s heavier than a mouse
and weighs around 70 grams. If you thought that was
ugly, even its name is a jab, as it means God of ugly things in Maori. While it’s not the most attractive, it would be sad if it goes extinct. It is already endangered so much, that it is being bread in captivity to increase its numbers. Wild ones are only seen in Little Barrier Island in New Zealand. And it is the closest
we can get to dinosaurs because it is older than some of them. Number four, atlas moth and
Queen Alexandra’s birdwing. If you thought large
insects were just restricted to the ground, think again. There are colossal bugs
that dominate the airspace and they are in one way
or another, magnificent. Let’s start with the atlas moth, one of the largest moth
species in the world found in Southeast Asia. It boasts a commanding
wingspan of 11 inches. To put that into perspective, it is almost double the size of your hand. The pattern on its wing tips
look like a snake’s head, which may have been used as a defense mechanism against predators. As far as wingspan is concerned, the atlas moth is tied with the Queen Alexandra’s
birdwing butterfly. The female variant is bigger, but the male is more colorful. If you want to gaze upon its beauty, you will have to travel
to Papua New Guinea. The problem; however, is that it’s already in the endangered list
because of destruction to its natural habitat, and that’s sad. Number three, titan beetle. Most common insects are too small or too frail to even be recognized. But when you get to meet the titan beetle, it is hard not to get intimidated by it. Also known as the giant long-horn beetle, it may be the largest living bug there is, considering its width and length. It can get to the great
size of almost seven inches. It has an easily
identifiable flattened body, long spiny legs, and powerful mandibles. What’s even scarier, it can fly. No one is safe. Now if you have an irrational
fear of extremely big bugs, like the titan beetle,
you need to stay away from tropical rain forests. It is commonly found in South America. And while it is fun to travel there, just don’t visit its greenery. Of course, that’s unless
you want an encounter with these gigantic insects. Number two, walking stick insect. Now you’ve heard about
insects that are masquerading as leaves to escape predators, but are you familiar with
bugs that appear like twigs? It’s time to introduce you
to the walking stick insect and it could not have had a better name. It’s a long insect that looks exactly like a slender piece of twig. So when a predator is
nearby, all it needs to do is either stop in its tracks
or fall to the ground. It is known to grow up to 13 inches long. That’s longer than a standard ruler. Is that not long enough for you? In that case, come and
meet Chan’s megastick, a variant of the walking
stick found in Borneo. This one is actually 22 inches long, making it the longest insect in the world. If you wish to see it, just pay a visit to the Natural History Museum in London. Number one, griffinfly. We are down to the biggest
insect to ever roam the earth. And you’d be surprised to hear that it overshadows even some
of the big birds you know. The griffinfly is the undisputed top bug, when it comes to size. It looks like a giant dragonfly, although it is not in the
same family as the former. The griffinfly’s body is
around 18.5 inches long and has an imposing
wingspan of 29.5 inches. Is it time to pack your bags and succumb to the bug apocalypse? Fortunately, no. You see, the griffinfly only existed during the carboniferous period, when there was high
oxygen content in the air. And the only sight humans have on this, is through fossils. So yeah, it’s as dead and
gone as the dinosaurs. It’s time for our trivia answer. Everyone, meet the giant dobsonfly, found in China’s Sichuan Province. It has a wingspan of 8.27 inches, which means it can easily cover your face. But the dreadful fact about it, is that its bite can cause kidney failure and eventually death. Now that’s a creepy one. Which among our big
insects made you cringe? Did you have a bug in mind that could easily make
its way into this video? Let me know in the comments down below and don’t forget to hit
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