Most bugs aren’t big. In fact, we’re surrounded by insects on all sides but never really notice them. Flies, ants, moths, butterflies, beetles and more are scuttling around our feet but they’re too small and harmless to be a concern. But, in some parts of the world, you’ll find bugs that aren’t so, uh, easy to ignore. Some of them can get monumentally large. Like, way too big for comfort! Well, we decided to go out and find the largest insects in the entire world! Bewarned, this list contains creepy-crawlies.
1. The Goliath Beetle
Goliath beetles can be as large as 11cm in length, and are among the largest insects in the world by both weight and size. They live in Africa and eat tree sap and fruit so thankfully they won’t come barrelling towards your face to snack on the soft bits (yay). Other than being large, they don’t do much other than just wandering trees and eating.
2. Chan’s Megastick
Say hello to an insect that’s half a metre long! This creepy thing is nearly as long as your arm. Crazier still, it’s not even the longest stick insect in the world. There’s one more but there are no pictures of it. Still, just picture the one above, but ever so slightly longer. Either way, stick insects can get huuuuge! Like creepily huge. Thank God all these things do is nibble leaves and not human organs.
3. Giant Weta
New Zealand has this interesting lil’ fella here. And yes that is a picture of a bug nibbling a carrot like it ain’t no thing. They can be up to 10cm long and weigh as much as 40g which is a lot for a bug (I think, that’s what smarter people than me have said). They live on little offshore islands and don’t bother the mainlanders and, thankfully, they don’t do anything except nibble random vegetation. They’re very passive and positively harmless. Just don’t think about that thing treating one of your fingers like that carrot.
4. Atlas Moth
This meaty guy has the largest wingspan of any insect. It’s an impressive 29cm across which is just short of a long ruler! They are so large that their cocoons are used as purses in some parts of the world! It’s basically a sausage with wings. Thank God that like the rest of the guys on this list they don’t really do anything and are totally harmless! That’s good, because they’re big enough to be real nightmare material.
5. Hercules Beetle
This fabulous looking fella is a Hercules Beetle. They are the longest beetle in the world and are about 17.5cm long. Only the males have those ridiculous jaws and they use them to fight for female attention. They are incredibly strong and are even iridescent making them surprisingly shiny. They are super cool looking and live by eating rotting wood. Once again, another one of the giants is a gentle herbivore and I for one am very thankful.