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Top 5 Largest Bugs in the World

Thursday, January 26th 2012. | Largest

Let’s see the top 5 largest bug in the world. The first species of insect that could be called a beetle appeared on earth over 300 million years ago. And they’ve been here ever since, increasing their numbers, evolving into countless different varieties, and adapting to climates in almost every environment on earth. Of all the billions of bugs on earth those belonging to the beetle family are the most numerous of any other species.

5. Belostomatidae

Largest bug Belostomatidae Top 5 Largest Bugs in the World

Largest bug Belostomatidae

Belostomatidae as largest bug is a family of insects better known as “giant water bugs” or “toe-biters.” Most species in the Belostomatidae family are relatively large (2 cm or more) with some of the largest, such as Lethocerus, exceeding 12 cm, and nearly reaching the dimensions (length and mass) of some of the larger beetles in the world.

 

4. Giant Camel Spider

Largest bug Giant Camel Spider1 Top 5 Largest Bugs in the World

Largest bug Giant Camel Spider

The giant desert camel spiders is the largest bug. They are fast. Giant Camel Spiders have been known to run around 10 MPH. Although most Camel Spiders are about the size of a credit card, they have been know to grow larger than 10 inches, especially in the deserts of the Middle East.

 

3. Goliath Beetle

Largest bug Goliath Beetle Top 5 Largest Bugs in the World

Largest bug Goliath Beetle

The Goliath beetles are among the heaviest insects and the largest bug on Earth. They are found in Africa. The heavily armored adults are so large that when flying, they produce a sound akin to a toy helicopter in flight. They are scavengers and eat rotting fruit, vegetables and animal feces off the jungle floor.

 

2. Giant Weta

Largest bug Giant Weta Top 5 Largest Bugs in the World

Largest bug Giant Weta

Giant Weta is the largest bug. They can weigh more than 70g, making them one of the heaviest documented insects in the known world. The Giant Weta can’t even jump because it’s so heavy. Giant Weta and are classified in the genus Deinacrida, which is Greek for terrible grasshopper. They are found primarily on small islands off the coast of the main islands, and are examples of island gigantism. Wetas like to hide under rocks or plant debris.

 

1. Giant Isopod

Largest bug Giant Isopod Top 5 Largest Bugs in the World

Largest bug Giant Isopod

Even though the Giant Isopod is a deep sea dwelling creature, it might look strangely familiar to you. A close cousin of the Giant Isopod is the much smaller terrestrial Woodlouse (3-30 mm). Woodlice are usually found in damp, dark places, rotting logs and typically eat decaying plant material. Genetically, this largest bug have been unchanged for over 160 million years.


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