After showing you some of the Creepiest Insects From Around The World and then the most beautiful insects, we are here with another interesting post dedicated to insects. This time around, we will take a closer look at some of largest, longest and heaviest insects in the world. Naturally, it was in the prehistoric era when the largest insects lived but even in today’s world, there are still some bugs large enough to give you shivers. From the feared Giant Weta to the famous Goliath Beetle, here are 25 Biggest Bugs That Will Freak You Out.
Also known as the Griffinfly, Meganisoptera is the largest dragonfly that has ever lived in the world as well as the largest insect ever. With a wingspan of 75 cm (30 in) across, this gigantic insect ruled the skies from the Late Carboniferous to the Late Permian (some 317 to 247 million years ago), long before pterosaurs, birds, and bats had even evolved.
Native to New Zealand, the Giant Weta is a very large insect species. Reaching weight of up to 35 g (1.23 oz), the bug usually hides in dead leaves and trees, but it leaves its resting places at night to move around in trees or on the ground. Despite its enormous size, the Giant Weta only lives 6-9 months.
Native to tropical rainforests in South America, the Titan Beetle is the largest known beetle in the Amazonas and one of the largest insect species in the world. Measuring up to 16.7 cm (6.6 in) in length, this gargantuan insect has pincers that can easily snap a pencil in half; reportedly, they can rip into human flesh, too.
Australian Walking Stick
Also known as the giant prickly stick insect, the Australian Walking Stick is a huge plant-eating insect native to Australia. Although they look like praying mantises, they are not closely related. Females are larger than males, reaching up to 20 cm (7.9 in) in length.
Native to tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, the Atlas Moth is one of the largest moth species. These beautiful creatures are known for their striking colors; their caterpillars are interesting too. The Atlas Moth has a wingspan of up to 25 cm (9.9 in), but they only live 5 to 7 days.
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