Top 10 Largest Insects In The World!


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 on Earth. 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 tall. 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 to miss. They have dark, black bodies and a huge horn
on the front of their face, hence the rhino reference. 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. But before we learn about this creepy creeper,
take a moment to like this video and join the Zero2Hero community by subscribing using
the buttons below! 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 meat. 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 larval form. In fact these beetles are so secretive and
hard to find that nobody has even seen its larvae. 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 body length. Like the others, it’s another chubby bug with
creepy scaly legs to go with its massive, ugly horn. The males are much larger than the females,
as the females don’t have nearly as big of a horn. 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 giant jawbone. 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 born. 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 insects ever. 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 they can. 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 moth. 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. Tell us what you think about these insanely
large insects in the comments below and…take care!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *