Did I ever tell you I once navigated a Jet Ski through an electrical storm in order to save a family of Panda’s from a sinking, in fire engulfed steamboat, while recovering from two broken legs after a miscalculated, no chute, wing-suit landing? Still, I have to admit that I’m scared of every kind of insect known to man. I know that is not very macho on my part, but at least I can take comfort in knowing, I’m just one of millions who feel this way.
We are quick to believe bugs are put on this world just to crawl in our ear and lay eggs in our brain. Of course there is no record of anything like that ever happening, but then again, there’s no record of it not happening either, and looking at these creepy looking creatures, we are bound to assume the worst.
Another scary thought is that, for every one of us, there are 1,5 billion bugs on this earth and it only takes one to scare the living crap out of most people. Luckily, most of them are so tiny, we hardly even notice them. These monster bugs, however, are downright impossible to miss and you really don’t want to come across any of them in the corner of your walk-in closet. We are talking about giant bugs such as:
Giant Camel Spider——————————————————————
This scary bug was already featured one time in our list of scary weird creatures. However, this list wouldn’t be complete without the spider that is featured in more B movies then Lorenzo Lamas. This giant spider has turned into somewhat of an urban legend when stories started to come in of US soldiers who were faced with these monster bugs in the desert of Afghanistan. Crazy, horrifying stories like: how they can run 30 mph, eat camels from the inside out and even soldiers waking up with missing body-parts as the camel spider feasted on them during their sleep, totally unaware because of the spider’s paralyzing venom, untill off course they woke up. I would take most of these rumours with a pinch of salt though. That being said, I can tell you that if Spider-Man was real, then this giant Camel Spider must have been the one that gave him his super powers.
Believe it or not but that picture is not Photoshopped in any way. It’s called the Atlas Moth and with a wingspan of over 25cm (10 in) it’s one of the biggest Moth species on the planet. The natural habitat of the Atlas moth, is Southeast Asia. A bizarre fact is that they can’t feed as they lack a fully formed mouth. Therefore, the Atlas Moth can only live for two to three weeks once they’ve hatched.
You might be wondering “One of the biggest Moth’s? Come on nature…”. But the Atlas Moth is the biggest in overal wing surface, which is 400 cm2 (62 sq in). The biggest moth in average wingspan, however, is the White Witch, with a wingspan of 31cm (12in).
The Goliath Beetle——————————————————————
The Goliath Beetle is among the largest insects in the world when measured in body mass. They can weigh over 100 grams (3.5 oz), making it the heaviest insect on record. In fact they are so heavy, they actually sound like a toy helicopter when in flight. Goliath beetles can be found in many of Africa’s’s tropical forests. Little appears to be known of the larval cycle in the wild, but in captivity, Goliathus beetles have been successfully reared from egg to adult using protein-rich foods such as commercial cat and dog food.
Giant Water Bug——————————————————————
This monster bug is simply called the Giant Water Bug. Their habitat are the tropical, subtropical and temperate areas of the world and are typically found in freshwater streams. It is largest insects in the order Hemiptera, and occur worldwide, with most of the species in North America, South America, Australia and East Asia. They are typically encountered in freshwater streams, where they prey on fish, snakes and even baby turtles as you can see in the picture. These huge bugs can exceed over 12 cm, and nearly reaching the mass of some of the larger beetles in the world. They are also known as Toe-Biters for its encounters with unfortunate swimmers. It’s bite is said to be the most painful of any insect. It won’t kill you, but it can cause permanent damage though. My advice… never go swimming in a freshwater pond and never… ever get drunk and pass out with your face near one of these things.
The Giant Weta is considered one of the largest bugs in the world based on sheer mass. Luckily, this huge species of weta, Giant Wetas, can only be found on Little Barrier Island, in New Zealand, although there are 70 other types of smaller weta found throughout the country. Large species can be up to 10 cm (4 in), without legs and antennae included, and can reach a mass of about 70 g (2.5 oz). Even though they aren’t the most pleasant on the eyes, they are very gentle and some like to keep them as pets.
Amazonian Giant Centipede——————————————————————
The Amazonian giant centipede or Peruvian giant centipede is among the largest species of centipedes which can reach lengths of up to 35 cm (13 in) or even more. While these monster bugs have grown to become quite populair among exotic pet collectors, they are considered as one of the most dangerous centipedes in the world and extremely aggressive. It is carnivorous, feeding on almost everything it encounters and is capable of overpowering vertrabrates, including: lizards, frogs, snakes, birds, mice and even bats.
They’re also known to have unique strategies catching bats in which they can climb cave ceiling and hold or manipulate their prey which is heavier than themselves with just few legs attaching to the ceiling. Their poison, which is injected through their sharp claws, is fatal to most small animals and is also toxic to humans in which they can cause severe pain, swelling, chills and fever. However, they are unlikely to be fatal to humans, except to those who are allergic to the toxins.
Goliath Spider aka Bird Eater——————————————————————
The Goliath Spider is officially the biggest spider on the planet. These spiders can have a leg span of up to 30 cm (12 in) and can weigh over 170 g (6.0 oz). The spider with the biggest leg span is the Giant Huntsman spider, but this behemoth has it beat in mass though. Despite it’s nickname this, Frisbee sized, monster bug does not normally eat birds. It actually prefers to eat smaller prey like; bats, frogs, snakes and annoying children. Their bite is fairly harmless to humans and it’s effect is comparable to a wasp’s sting. They do have urticating hairs that can even be harmful to humans, and are considered by some to be the most harmful tarantula urticating hair of all.
The Japanse Hornets are 5 times the size of an European honeybee, which are the favorite target of these hornets from hell. Commonly used by Japanese farmers, the honeybees are not native to Japan and have no natural defenses against an onslaught of giant hornets. Hornet scouts marks the honeybee colony with a type of pheromone and soon after, all hell breaks lose. It just takes 3 of these natural born killer to slaughter a whole colony of 30,000 bees, leaving a trail of dismembered heads and limbs. While people are not the Japanese giant hornet’s usual prey, their venom is strong enough to disintegrate human flesh, and about 70 people die each year after being stung by these monster bugs. Interesting facts is that the native Japanese honeybee do actually have a defense against their giant and ferocious relatives as you can see in the video below.
Giant African Land Snail
Snails are one of the few bugs that don’t scare many people by default. We see them in cartoons carrying their cute little red bag on a stick, and don’t bother anyone as they sluggishly go on with their day. So, when does a snail stops being cute? Well, how about when the green slime starts dripping from the palms of your hand when you’re holding one, like with this Giant African Land Snail. These monster bugs can grow over 20cm (8in) and are actually quite dangerous as they can cause serious damage to an eco system. It can consume at least 500 different types of plants, cause structural damage to plaster and stucco and can carry a parasitic nematode that can lead to meningitis in humans.
Posted By Ron Rombouts——————————————————————
If you don’t mind putting an extra pair of underpants in the laundry, then also be sure to check out our Top 10 Weird Creatures, which seem to be lifted from your darkest nightmares! Also, 10 Extinct Giant versions of today’s animals!