Bugs are everywhere. While we are used to seeing things like flies, cockroaches, and the occasional rolly polly, there are a lot of pretty crazy looking insects to behold. Here are 18 of the Weirdest Insects Around the World
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#7 – Parts Of South America – The Titan Beetle
Here is the legendary Titan Beetle we mentioned just a second before and man is it huge! You can’t really see from the angle given in this picture but the mandibles, or jaws, of this massive beetle, are strong enough to snap a pencil in half or tear through human flesh. The strange part about this insect’s life is that when they reach adulthood, they don’t eat and instead strictly spend their time looking for a mate. Since the larvae of this interesting beetle has never been observed, it is thought that they spend their childhood growing and feeding hidden inside trees.
#6 – Worldwide – The Antlion
With a name like Antlion, you would think that the insect we are talking about has to at least look somewhat cool, but the insect pictured here is anything but. It turns out it was given its name because of the resemblance to an ant’s body it has when it is a grown adult and it was named “lion” because they are considered hunters. The antlion in this picture is in the larvae stage which it is the scariest stage of them all. The scariest part about this bug is that it actually lays traps for other insects. Unfortunately, you can find these insects worldwide.
#5 – The United States – The Tarantula Hawk Wasp
If a wasp is known to take down tarantulas to eat them for lunch, it has to be a certain level of awesome and the insect pictured here certainly doesn’t disappoint. This is the Tarantula Hawk Wasp and it lives in the United States. When the female wasp is ready to give birth to her Hellspawn, she stings and paralyzes a tarantula and then drags it into an underground lair she made nearby. She then lays one egg on the spider’s abdomen and covers the hole and lets her baby do the work. When the wasp larva hatches, it bores a hole in the spider and eats it from the inside out, avoiding the organs to let it live as long as possible. Talk about a gruesome end.
#4 – Australia – The Tailed Emperor Butterfly Caterpillar
Here is another insect that looks like a Pokemon. The caterpillar pictured here is going to turn into a Tailed Emperor Butterfly but right now, in this form, it looks ready to battle. This butterfly is native to Australia and can grow to become pretty large insects with wingspans reaching 85 millimeters. About two or three generations of this species can be born in a single year. That’s a lot of giant butterflies flying around.
#3 – Worldwide – The Scorpion Fly
The insect in this picture looks like someone went crazy in Photoshop, but this scary insect is 100% legit. It lives all around the world and the scorpion stinger like object on the back is actually male genitalia. How classy. It may be a popular belief that this insect stings you, but it cannot, because that’s not a stinger. This bug is still scary though, since forensic entomology uses scorpion flies to eat human corpses, because they like to do that sort of thing.
#2 – Bhutan – The Brahmin Moth Caterpillar
This intense guy is a Brahmin Moth Caterpillar, and we promise it’s the last caterpillar we’ve got! This insect looks so crazy it could put any leaf or stick bug to shame. It looks as though it walked around during its childhood collecting whatever it pleased. When it got to this stage, it piled everything on top and strutted around with all its new frills. This unique species can only be found in Bhutan, a country just north of Bangladesh. Thank goodness.
#1 – Africa – Mosquitos
They might not quite be the size you see in this picture today, but we should all count our blessings on that one. Africa does, however, have a huge problem with mosquitos, in fact, it is the number one spreader of diseases like Dengue, and Malaria both of which collectively kill millions of Africans each year. It is interesting that Malaria can only be transmitted by a female of the species and they are most active around dawn and dusk. Not that knowing that helps much.