Insects are the most abundant and diverse group of organisms on this earth, however, most of us are really only familiar with the ones that we see regularly. Some of the most common species of insects include:
- Ants, Bees and Wasps
- Butterflies and Moths
However, throughout the world, there are insects that are much grander in scale than the ones that sometimes occupy our homes or backyards.
Here are 16 of the largest insects around the world.
1. The giant burrowing cockroach, which are native to Australia, are the world’s heaviest species of cockroach. These litter bugs can weigh up to 35 grams, measure up to 3.1 inches in length, and can live for up to 10 years.
2. The Goliath beetle is among the largest insects on Earth when considering their size, bulk and weight. Found in tropical forests in Africa, these massive bugs can measure from 2.4 to 4.3 inches as adults and can weigh 80 to 100 grams in the larval stage.
3. The largest known fly in the world, Gauromydas heros, is part of the Mydidae species and has been reported to grow 7cm long.
4. Lethocerus, also known as giant water bugs, are capable of reaching lengths over 4.7 inches. If their size wasn’t intimidating enough, lethocerus species are predators that stab prey with a needle-like rostrum, which injects a venomous saliva.