Have you ever seen a big bug, or maybe a really long caterpillar? If you have you were probably quite amazed at the size of them, but that amazement will be short-lived because I am about to show you ten of the worlds biggest insects from around the world and some of them are the size of movie monsters and the stuff of real nightmares. There is no Pest Control Services in the world that will save you from these ten giants from the insect world…
The World’s Largest Stick Insect
I have seen plenty of bit stick insects before, but never one that measures a massive 64 centimetres (25 inches) long. That is almost the length of my whole arm! I have to wonder how many leaves this giant eats as it looks like it has a lot of body to feed. Sadly their average lifespan is less than 1 year, so I can only imagine there are a lot of giant dead twigs in the mountains of China.
The World’s Largest Grasshopper
This is a Giant Long-Legged Katydid which is otherwise known as a giant bush cricket. This species of grasshopper can grow up to 13 centimetres (5.1 inches), but it can’t jump as far as its smaller counterparts. In fact, it can barely jump at all and it one of the easiest species to remove from crops and other food-stock. What is interesting is that many of them can perform mimicry and camouflage, commonly with shapes and colours similar to leaves.
The World’s Largest Woodlice
Some people call them roly-polies, or maybe pill bugs, but they are called woodlice, but this is no normal woodlice, it is a Giant isopod and while it lives in the cold, deep waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans it is still a close relative of the same little insect and one I would not like to see a family of in my own garden shed.
The World’s Largest Moth
Have you ever had a moth come into the bedroom and cause a disruption to your life? Well, you might want to thank your lucky stars that it wasn’t a Hercules Moth (Coscinocera Hercules) as it has a wingspan of 36 Centimeters (14.1 inches). We have already seen some of the worlds most amazing moths in this blog before and this was one of them. They only live for 2-8 days, so imagine the mess of dead moths on the windowsills of people living in Kuranda, Australia.
The World’s Largest Beetle
I have seen a few big beetles in my time, but none of them compares to the size of a Titan Beetle (Titanus giganteus). It can grow to almost 18 centimetres (7 inches) long, but its larvae can be up to 30 centimetres (12 inches) long. Some people believe that when you step on a beetle it will rain, so if you accidentally step on one of these is would cause a hurricane!
The World’s Largest Wasp
Wasps have a bad habit of ruining a picnic or two, but this is the Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) who is otherwise known as the ‘Murder hornet’. they can often grow to over 5 centimetres (2 inches) in length. They sure look like a normal wasp with their classic orange and black markings with long stingers, these giant wasps are well known for killing people, but not as many as the common European wasp as that is the most common kind that people have an allergic reaction to.
The World’s Largest Fly
Don’t you just hate it when you get that large fly in the house who just want to bang its head against the window? Well, count yourself lucky that it isn’t a Mydas fly as it would probably break the window. They can grow to 5 centimetres (2 inches) in length and the good news is they are a flower-loving fly and not one that will go looking for something in your kitchen bin.
The World’s Largest Cockroach
Megaloblatta longipennis is the largest living species of cockroach in the world and it said to grow to over 9.7 centimetres (3.8 in) in length and have a wingspan of up to 20 centimetres (7.9 in). It’s not something you would like to see running around the kitchen floor in the morning as you first turn the light on. Many species of cockroach live under the fridge, this one probably lifts it!
The World’s Largest Ant
They are called ‘Bullet ants’ and while their average size is only 3.01 centimetres (1.2 inches) they often live in colonies that are in the millions with driver ant (Dorylus wilverthi) queens laying over 4 million eggs in a month! So you can imagine this species becomes a big problem very quickly.
The World’s Largest Centipede
This is the Peruvian giant yellow-leg centipede (Scolopendra gigantea) and it can grow to lengths of 30 centimetres (12 inches). It is naturally found in northern South America sub-tropical rainforests and its bit is said to be powerful enough to kill small children and causes severe pain in most adults.