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The 16 Largest Insects In The World

All of your nightmares in one post.

  • 1. Titan Beetle: French Guiana and Brazil

    Interesting fact: The larvae have never been found, but are thought to feed inside wood and may take several years to reach full size before they pupate.

  • 2. Elephant Beetles: Mexico through Venezuela

    Interesting fact: The life span of an adult Elephant Beetle is around one to three months.

  • 3. Giant Long-Legged Katydids: Malaysia

    Interesting fact: They are believed the be the largest insect in the world.

  • 4. Goliath Beetle: Ghana, Ivory Coast / Equatorial Africa, Central and East

    Interesting fact: They feed primarily on tree sap and fruit.

  • 5. Giant Burrowing Cockroach: Australia

    Interesting fact: They are the largest cockroach in the world.

  • 6. Giant Camel Spiders: The deserts of the Middle East

    Interesting fact: Giant Camel Spiders have even been found hiding in soldier's sleeping bags.

  • 7. Giant Walking Stick: Worldwide

    Interesting fact: They are the longest insects in the world.

  • 8. Giant Weta: New Zealand

    Interesting fact: They are one of the heaviest insects in the world. They can weigh as much as a sparrow.

  • 9. Giant Isopod: The Gulf Of Mexico

    Interesting fact: They do not eat Doritos.

  • 10. Atlas Moth: Southeast Asia

    Interesting fact: In India, Atlas moths are cultivated for their silk.

  • 11. Tarantula Hawk: Found Throughout The World. They are the state insect of New Mexico.

    Interesting fact: They eat tarantulas, that's how they got their name.

  • 12. Giant Water Bug: Worldwide

    Interesting fact: In Thailand they are considered a delicacy, and are often attracted, harvested and collected using black lights.

  • 13. Queen Alexandra's Birdwing: Papua New Guinea

    Interesting fact: It's the largest butterfly in the world. The first specimen ever found was taken down using a shotgun.

  • 14. Chinese Mantis: Worldwide

    Interesting fact: Originating from China, they were first introduced to North America around 1895 as a source of pest control.

  • 15. Goliath Birdeater: Rainforests in South America

    Interesting fact: Females always mate, but sometimes may end up eating their mates.

  • 16. Japanese Giant Hornet: Japan

    Interesting fact: An annoyed Japanese Giant Hornet will chase a perceived threat for up to 3 miles. They kill, on average, 40 people every year. That's more than any other wild animal in Japan.