While the likelihood of otherworldly aliens is still up in the air, we humans need to take a closer look at all of the creatures that we share the planet with. Amongst all the lions, tigers and bears that live out in the deep, dark woods are the itty-bitty bugs that are probably more terrifying than all of those furry creatures together, even given their significantly smaller size. While most of us will agree that bugs are absolutely disgusting, this particular group of bugs are nightmare worthy. From shooting vomit at predators to eating their own to weighing as much as three house mice, some of these insects are plain old terrifying—never mind the fact that a couple of them are house pests.
As creepy as bugs are, it is important to remember how essential they are to the planet—especially considering their position on the food chain. So before you decide to whack one of these into the next world, try encouraging the little creature to exit the premises, as some of these bugs are close to being on the endangered species list.
Here is a list of some of the freakier bugs on the planet (and try not to take a look at this before you go to sleep):
10 Giant Walking Stick
9 The Giant Burrowing Cockroach
8 European Earwig
There is no end to our level of amazement when it comes to ants. With a lifespan of about 30 years, these little creatures can lift about 100 times their body weight, and survive for about 24 hours underwater. While what your conception of what an ant looks like is probably pretty standard, consider the fact that there are around 12,000 different species of ant—one of which is the Antlion (Myrmeleontidae).
6 Brazilian Treehopper
5 The Mantis: Specifically, the Devil’s Flower Mantis and the Wandering Violin Mantis
4 The Puss Moth Caterpillar
3 Scorpion Fly
2 House Centipede
1 Giant Weta
This insect is so large that the person who discovered it (Mark Moffett) decided that a carrot was a pretty accurate snack choice for the 71-gram creature (according to iflscience.com, this means that the largest Weta is three times the size of a mouse). Typically found in New Zealand, the insect usually weighs in at about half that size (with the females being the largest). Part of the genus Deinacrida, the cricket-like Giant Weta is a vegetarian. Thankfully.
Sources: iflscience.com, listverse.com, dailymail.co.uk, animals.nationalgeographic.com
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