There are around 950,000 types of insects in the world and many people are comfortable with the idea of sharing this planet with these tiny animals. Insects are okay. I mean, they do their job keeping some plagues outside our house, even though sometimes they might bother us with their buzzing.
However, I have to admit, I am not a huge bug lover though. And there’s a good reason for it. There are some terrifying and very dangerous insects just going around on earth. If you’re ready for it, let me show you the 10 scariest insects in the whole world.
Spoiler alert: If you suffer from entomophobia (the fear of insects), do not read this article. I repeat, do not read this article or you will have nightmares. And for the rest of our readers, continue at your own risk.
10. Killer Bee
The Africanized bee, also known as the killer bee, is very similar to their familiar honeybee, except for one teeny-tiny difference, the killer bee is poisonous. The killer bee colonies can be found in Central and South America. They usually attack in groups of thousands and believe me, you don’t want to experience too much of their venom in your body. They are very aggressive, so if you ever bump into a colony of these fellows, run in a zigzag pattern and seek shelter. Do not try to jump into the water for they will wait for you to come out and they’ve shown to be very patient when attacking their enemies.
9. Puss Caterpillar
The unique Puss Caterpillar lives in Florida but has been found in some parts of New Jersey and Texas too. What is most striking about this little guy is the cute and inciting touch appearance. But don’t let it fool you. It might seem funny as he looks like a toupee, but his hairy body is very venomous. The sting of a puss caterpillar might cause rash, nausea, headaches, pain in the abdominal area, and in some extreme cases shock. It is currently entitled as the most dangerous and poisonous caterpillar in the United States.
8. Amazonian Giant Centipede
As you may imagine from its name, yes, this centipede is enormous. It can grow up to a foot (30 cm) long. It is considered the largest centipede in the world. The Amazonian Giant Centipede lives in South America and some countries of the Caribbean. They feed on small animals like rodents, lizards, and birds. Its poison may cause chills, fever, and swelling but fortunately, this centipede is not a threat to humans, as it is not lethal to us.
7. Goliath Beetle
Goliath Beetles, as its names states are giant. They can grow up to 4.2 inches (10.6 cm) long. They can be found in Africa, where some people keep them as pets. Their body is usually black and white. Although their size makes them look very scary, they are not a threat to humans. They eat fruits and tree sap. But when domesticated, they are fed with dog or cat food.
6. Brahmin Moth Caterpillar
Talking about scary caterpillars, you won’t believe the Brahmin Moth Caterpillar, as it looks like it was taken from a very very scary no-children-approved cartoon. The Brahmin Moth Caterpillar has its body and head all covered up in tentacles, which serve as a very effective defense mechanism. If that wasn’t enough, its tail is black and spiky. And if that’s still not enough, they transform into a huge moth to camouflage into trees. Their moth’s wingspan can reach up to 7 inches (20 cm). But don’t worry, fortunately, they aren’t harmful.
5. Asian Giant Hornet
You might remember the giant hornet since it made it to the wall of fame during this peculiar year when it was spotted flying around Washington State. The Asian Giant Hornet is the largest wasp in the world. Their home is Eastern Asian, especially in the mountains of Japan. They feed on honeybees’ larvae while destroying their beehives. These hornets are known for their aggressive behavior. Imagine this: one of these giant bugs can tear down 40 honeybees in just one minute. Their venom is extremely powerful, being able to kill a person. In 2013, there were 40 deaths recorded due to the Asian Giant Hornets sting.
4. Tsetse Fly
So this quirky fly is not like the common fly we are used to. The Tsetse Fly sucks out your blood. And of course, it is responsible for transmitting diseases, one called the “sleeping sickness”, which, without treatment, is fatal to humans. The most common symptoms of “sleeping sickness” are fever, weakness, and headaches, but it might also cause confusion, coordination loss, and personality changes. Calm down. Before you start to symptomatize, you must know they are found in Africa. They can grow up to 0.2-0.6 inches (6-16 millimeters).
3. Bullet Ant
Bullet Ants are found in Nicaragua and Paraguay. They are huge, they grow up to an inch long, but what is the most terrifying feature of these creatures is their jaws. Bullet Ants obtained their name because their sting is the most painful in the world, causing pain similar to a bullet injury. Besides, they possess the most powerful poisonous sting in the world. Their sting is higher than the one made by a tarantula hawk wasp. So no, do not get too close to these fellows as they won’t miss the opportunity to bite you.
2. Scorpion Fly
Too much for a sucking blood fly huh? Well, I present to you the Scorpion Fly. It is a fly and, as its name states, it has a curved tail that looks pretty much like a scorpion sting. The good news is that it is not a sting, it is actually a male clasper for mating. The bad news is that it is widespread around the world, so yes, you may find it in your garden.
1. Goliath Birdeater
Remember Goliath? The giant character from the Bible… Well, you might know already where I’m going with this reference, don’t you? As its name states, the Goliath Birdeater – a colossal tarantula – is so large it actually feeds from birds. Their legs can measure up to 11 inches (25 cm) and they live up to 25 years old. Yes, they are very dangerous. So if you’re ever taking a walk in South America, please stay away from these fellows.