25 Creepiest Insects From Around The World

Posted by , Updated on June 9, 2014

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There is no doubt; insects have the capability of being the creepiest creatures on the face of this planet. If you think you can handle that, we welcome you to venture into our list of 25 creepiest insects from around the world.

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Giant Long-Legged Katydid (Malaysia)

25 Giant Long-Legged Katydid_tnhttp://usamantis.com/

Inhabiting the mountainous slopes of Malaysia, these huge enormous insect eating insects are the largest katydids in the world.

24

Hickory Horned Devil (North America)

24 Hickory Horned Devil_tnwww.thefeaturedcreature.com

These solitary nocturnal caterpillars curl up into a “j” shape during the day that resembles bird droppings.

23

Antlion (Worldwide)

23 Antlion_tnhttp://drakensview.blogspot.com/

Also known as doodlebugs, the larvae eat ants (hence the name) while the more mature antlions move on to consuming nectar and pollen.

22

Giant Walking Stick (New Guinea, New Caledonia, and the Solomon Islands)

22 Giant Walking Stick_tnhttp://camastergardeners.ucdavis.edu/

Not only does it blend in to look like a stick, if you do manage to spot it and it feels threatened, depending on the species it may try to squirt you with vomit, feces, or blood.

21

Wheel Bug (North America)

21 Wheel Bug_tnhttp://freepages.misc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

They generally feed upon soft bodied insects which they pierce with their beak in order to inject poison that dissolves their insides.


20

Scorpion Fly (Worldwide)

20 Scorpion Flly_tnwww.tumblr.com

In scorpion fly society, females choose mates based on the quality of gift prey they offer.

19

Maggot of a Bluebottle Fly (Worldwide)

19 Maggot of a Bluebottle Fly_tnhttp://webodysseum.com/

Not only are they born in feces, it is also their first meal.

18

Goliath Beetle (Botswana, Namibia and South Africa)

18 Goliath Beetle_tn_tnwww.valvetime.net

Among the largest insects on Earth, Goliath beetles have been reared in captivity using commercial cat and dog food.

17

Titan Beetle (Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, the Guianas, and north-central Brazil)

17 Titan beetle_tnhttp://robotnine.blogspot.com/

It’s sharp mandibles are notorious for being able to slice a pencil in half and easily tear through human flesh.

16

Rhinoceros Cockroach (Australia)

16 Rhinoceros Cockroach_tnhttp://unkar.org/

Also known as litter bugs, these Australian roaches are the world’s heaviest cockroach species.

15

European Earwig (Europe)

15 European Earwig_tnjoshuallen@flickr.com

It got its name from a false superstition that these insects crawl into the ear of a person and enter their brain.

14

Elephant Beetle (Caribbean and the continent of South America)

14 Elephant Beetle_tnhttp://entomologymanchester.wordpress.com/

Recently the Pentagon funded research at the University of California to outfit these beetles with electrodes that make them remote controlled.

13

Horse Fly (Worldwide)

13 Horse Fly_tnwww.skyscraperlife.com

Female horse flies require a meal of mammalian blood prior to breeding.

12

Thorn Bug (Southern Florida)

12 Thorn Bug_tnandresmoline@flickr.com

Although this one was found in the United States, these bugs live everywhere except Antarctica. They are named after the large thorn sticking out of their head.

11

House Centipede (Worldwide)

11 House Centipedewww.dispatch.com

Like several of the other insects on this list, this insect is an insectivore (it eats other insects) and it lives in human homes.

10

Tarantula Hawk Wasp (New Mexico, U.S.A.)

10 Tarantula Hawk Wasp_tntechuser@flickr.com

This spider wasp hunts tarantulas as food for its larvae.

9

Tsetse Fly (Africa)

9 Tsetse Fly_tnhttp://news.yale.edu/

These large, biting flies inhabit much of mid-continental Africa and feed on the blood of invertebrates.

8

Brahmin Moth Caterpillar (Bhutan)

8 Brahmin-moth-Caterpillar_tnwww.incrediblethings.com

Probably one of the more terrifying caterpillars on the planet, these guys have a very effective defense mechanism.

7

White Ermine (Eurasia)

7 White Ermine_tnwww.huffingtonpost.co.uk

These poisonous moths inhabit much of Europe and Asia.

6

Silkworm Caterpillar (northern China, Korea, Japan, India and far the eastern regions of Russia)

6 Silkworm Moth Caterpillar_tnhttp://etoolm.tumblr.com/

Bred for thousands of years to produce silk, these are strictly domestic caterpillars and their reproduction does not take place in the wild.

5

Japanese Giant Hornet (Japan)

5 Japanese Giant Hornet_tnhttp://rashmanly.com/

In Japan it is hard for bee farmers because the Japanese Giant Hornet considers bees to be among its favorite delicacies.

4

Brown Sulawesi Plume Moth (Indonesia)

4 Brown Sulawesi Plume Moth_tnhttp://richard-seaman.com/

With only 3 plumes, this plume moth doesn’t do the species justice. Some can have up to 20.

3

Devil’s Flower Mantis (Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda)

3 Devil’s Flower Mantis_tnhttp://studiojomeesters.tumblr.com/

These mantis’s follow a policy of aggressive mimicry. Their behavior varies but typically they climb a plant and stay still on the flower until their prey comes by.

2

Brazilian Treehopper (Brazil)

2 Brazillian treehopper_tnhttp://io9.com/5975761/

Closely related to thornbugs, these guys have much more than just a thorn growing out of their head.

1

Giant Weta (New Zealand)

1 Giant Weta_tnhttp://blogs.discovery.com/

Endemic to New Zealand, in 2011 a weta was found that weighed 71 grams.

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