Which kind of bug person are you—the type who splats one in your home immediately? Or do you trap them in a jar and put them into witness protection relocation far from your bed pillow? Either way, you may want to read this post with the lights on.
Because we’re rounding up five of the world’s biggest insects. As makers the world’s most humongous and hard-working casters, we occassionally like to take a note from nature when dreaming up new products. Big is in our blood. And these babies are impressive in both engineering and stature.
One of the heaviest insects on earth (it can weight up to 2.5 ounces—more than that of a mouse), these giant crickets have been roaming Planet Earth longer than the dinosaurs. Weta means “god of ugly things” in Maori, the indigenous language of New Zealand where these monsters roam. Apparently the males fight for female attention by trying to dismember each other with their giant pincers. Awesome.
With a wingspan that can reach 12 inches, Atlas Moths are so huge their cocoons are occasionally used as purses in Taiwan. They can repel their enemies by spraying a powerful irritant from more than a foot away. And the tips of their truly stunning wings resemble that of snake heads—also a defense mechanism to ward off predators.
Gargantuan wasps that are ferocious enough to feed on tarantulas? Yep. It’s a thing. Their stingers are rated among the most painful in the world, and their legs are hooked so they can easily latch onto their prey. With a wingspan is 4.5 inches, the Hawk can grow up to 2.7 terrifying inches long.
Chinese Walking Stick
Southeast Asia’s giant walking stick is currently considered the world’s longest insect. At more than two feet long, it hides from predators by blending into its environments along the branches and twigs they occupy. Some people keep them as pets. Awww.
As one of the world’s largest beetles, this native of the Amazon can grow more than six inches long and hisses when threatened. But its most impressive feature is its formidable mandibles—the Titan’s jaw is so strong it could easily snap a pencil in half or tear into human flesh. And, get this, it can also fly short distances.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.