10 Crazy Insects You Won’t Believe Are Actually Real

Insects play a vital part on the earth’s ecosystem. They are one of the most important organisms that maintain the balance in nature. They are everywhere. There are over 1 million species of insects described. These species serves as primary and secondary decomposers. They serve a purpose on dead bodies of different creatures and other wastes. Their diversity when it comes to physical attributes, biology, taxonomy, and etc. makes the study of these species certainly interesting.

Here are 10 of the many terrifying insects that you won’t believe that actually exist:

1. Calida Silk Moth Caterpillar

calida silk moth caterpillarPhoto – Wikipedia

It is the largest and one of the most striking native moth in North America. They feed upon a variety of familiar trees and bushes. They are mostly found on the Rocky Mountains and in the greater part of Canadian provinces. Female moths can grow a wingspan of up to 6 inches. Adults don’t have digestive system – they don’t feed. They only live an approximate of two weeks just to basically mate and reproduce.

2. Giant Weta

Giant WetaPhoto – Wikipedia

It’s the world’s heaviest insect ever recorded; weighs three times heavier than a typical mouse. Weta comes from the Maori word wetapunga, which means “god of ugly things”. These species are endemic in New Zealand. It can eat a whole carrots all at once.

3. Japanese Hornet (Vespa mandarinia japonica)

Japanese HornetPhoto – Wikipedia

Japanese Hornet is a subspecies of the Asian giant hornet which is the world’s largest hornet. It has three small eyes on top of its head between its two large eyes. Its venom attacks the victim’s nervous system, damages the body’s tissues and melts the human flesh. These species are very aggressive if provoked.

4. Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae)

Huntsman SpiderPhoto – Wikipedia

The huntsman spider is the largest and fastest spider in the world; found in Australia. They are also known as giant crab spiders because of their size and appearance. Unlike other spiders, they do not catch their prey by building webs instead, they catch them using their own giant legs with a span size of up to five inches.

5. Assassin Bug

Assassin BugPhoto – Wikipedia

The bite of this evil insect is intensely painful for humans. They have the habit of biting their victims on the lips that is why they are also known as kissing bugs. Once you’re bitten, the venom will spread into the body that can cause Chagas disease which damages the major organs and eventually leads to fatality.

6. Giant Centipede (Scolopendra gigantea)

Giant CentipedePhoto – Wikipedia

Giant Centipedes are found in various places in South America and the Caribbean. These ones are the largest in the Scolopendra family. It’s very aggressive and eats almost everything that it can kill. Its venom can cause swelling, pain, fever, and there was even a document case of fatality in Venezuela.

7. Goliath Birdeater Tarantula (Theraphosa blondi)

goliath birdeater tarantulaPhoto – Wikipedia

This tarantula can be commonly found in the native rain forest regions of South America. It is second to giant huntsman spider as the largest spider in the world, by leg span.  However by mass, goliath birdeater tarantula is the largest. It can weigh over six ounces. It is rare for this insect to prey on adult birds, regardless of its name. Its diet mainly depends on earthworms and toads.

8. Cicada (Cicadoidea)

CicadaPhoto – Wikipedia

The name Cicada is derived from the Latin word cicada, which means “tree cricket”. Cicadas can be found on all continents except Antartica. They can produce exceptionally loud sounds louder than a typical rock concert. They do not bite or sting but may often times mistake a person’s arm for a plant limb and attempt to feed.

9. Bot Fly

Bot FlyPhoto – Wikipedia

These parasites are commonly found in Central and South America. The word “bot” means a maggot. It looks like a bumblebee. The human botfly is the only species of bot fly that frequently parasitize humans. They take residence in human skin and people infected will have a surgery to remove the larvae.

10. Giant Orb Weaving Spider

Giant Orb Weaving SpiderPhoto – Wikipedia

These spiders are mostly found in Australia. They are also known as golden orb-weavers, giant wood spiders, or banana spiders. They weave an exceptionally impressive webs. The venom of a giant orb weaving spider might trigger allergic reactions and result in respiratory troubles for those asthmatic victims but this just happens rarely. Their bite just normally causes pain, redness, and blisters that disappear within 24 hours.

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