The Biggest Insects in the World
Huge insets? Yes, we all hate them, most of us anyway, so, we’ve put together a list of the world’s largest insects. We only have the biggest, so prepare yourself for some really big bugs! See them all right here.
1. Giant Walking Stick Insects
The Phasmatodea is also known as the Stick insect. The ordinal name comesfrom the Ancient Greek and it meant phantom, referring to the resemblance of many species to sticks or leaves.
The stick insects are the longest insects on the planet. The giant walking stick from Southeast Asia is the longest variety, growing to as long as about 2 feet long.
2. Giant Weta
Giant Wetas can be found in New Zealand. The biggest of the giant wetas weigh somewhere around 70 grams (about 2.5 ounces), hence being the heaviest insects in the world.
3. Atlas moth
Attacus atlas has an amazing wingspan of over 25 centimeters! The moth is also known as the “snake moth” due to the fact that it has its upper wing is shaped like a snake’s head.
The females of this amazing species are usually heavier and bigger than the males.
4. Giant Burrowing Cockroach
If you thought that normal cockroaches are gross, you clearly haven’t seen the Giant Burrowing Cockroach. This little critter weighs 35 grams and can be found in Australia. This gigantic bug is just 3-inches long, but his weight makes him one of the heaviest. They do the rain forest a good favor by recycling the dead leafs.
5. Wallace’s Giant Bee
This gigantic bee has a wing span of 2.5 inches. This enormous bee stays hidden for long periods of time because the female giant bee uses her enormous jaws to build nests from the resin of active termite nests.
6. Titan Beetle
Titanus giganteus, or the Titan Beetle, is not only the world’s biggest beetle, but also, it is the most mysterious insect in the world. The males do not eat anything at all throughout their adult lives, and all of their energy gathered in the pupa stage, is invested in the flight of a ‘lifetime’ to find a mate, and perpetuate the species.
Have a look at a video of them below:
Written with love and coolness by crissa on December 18, 2013 in World's Biggest Things
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