Unless you’re an etymologist, prepare to be flabbergasted, repulsed and buy a fresh stock of insect repellant. If you do happen to be an etymologist, welcome. These bugs will fascinate, delight and intrigue you.
I have personally always had a love-hate relationship with insects. I won’t let them live in my home, but I won’t kill them either. Aren’t we equally responsible for invading their habitat as they are ours? Live and let live is the motto I’ve lived by with insects.
I didn’t know how or where to start this list because because my knowledge about bugs happens to be negative a billion, but thankfully Google has allowed for me to latch onto and draw inspiration from similar articles that have already graced us with their research.
A careful compilation of both poisonous bugs from different continents, prepare to shudder as I bring to you the Top 10 creepiest bugs on earth:
10) Stink Bugs- Australia
Stink bugs, native to Australia are essentially the skunks in the insect family. When they’re threatened, they emit a foul smelling odor from liquid they secrete. No questions asked what that liquid is. Nobody in their right mind would want to annoy something that looked like the Stink Bug anyway.
9) Rexilia dex- Africa
Endemic to Liberia, the Rexilia dex doesn’t just have a name that is a mouthful to pronounce, it looks like three bronzed layers of something you wouldn’t want clinging to your foot at any point. The rexilia dex falls on one’s anti-bucket list of creatures to encounter.
8) Flying cockroach- American cockroach
“It’s a bird! It’s a plane….actually it’s a flying cockroach, let’s get the hell out!” Yes, I am possibly exposing myself to ridicule by putting something as seemingly harmless and common as a cockroach on this list but let’s see how you continue to be aloof when the thing sprouts wings and flies right at you.
Endemic to the Americas, it is also known as the waterbug (the most omnipresent, versatile, shapeshifting bug there was to have ever existed) and was brought to America from Africa in the 1600s.
These cockroaches can deposit secreted fluids of disease-causing bacteria on foods and can trigger allergic reactions and asthma in humans. If their flying has discomfited you at any point (as it has me), the lack of sanitation is an alternate reason to chase them out of your home, where they accumulate in large numbers.
7) Belgica Antarctica- Antarctica
Native to Antarctica as the name suggests, what could be worse than one insect than something that looks like two insects on one body? Unlike the flying cockroach, this is a flightless insect so you don’t have to worry about it swooping in on an unsuspecting you.
It is the largest terrestrial animal on the entire continent, it has a life span of only two years and manages to reproduce in that span and survive areas with low oxygen for about 2-4 weeks. It can even survive dehydration up to 35% of its body weight. An unintrusive, merely physically threatening insect, this one is tough and indestructible.
6) Brazilian Treehopper-South America
Known as the “Bell Bearer” and “Globulare”, this insect has been under the microscope for a while for its unique structure and features. Biologists believe the protrusions on its head are to prevent predators from attacking them, a survival technique we’re sure will be foolproof in warding anybody off.
One of the 3200 species of Treehoppers, I’m pretty positive this has to be the most distinctive looking one.
5) Giant long-legged katydids- Asia
Also known as the green leaf imitator for obvious reasons, this has bound to be one of the coolest insects that resort to camouflage as a survival technique.
They’re supposed to be the largest (and by the looks of it the most leggy) insects in the world. Their antennae can exceed their own body length, they live in the heart of forests and mountain slopes in Malaysia.
Their diet consists of smaller bugs and insects.
4) Titan beetle-South America
An inhabitant of the rainforest, the destruction of its habitat is proving to be troublesome to its survival, proven by declining population numbers. Once they finally become adults, they find a mate during the hottest season and then die shortly a few weeks later. Pro-creating seems to be the priority for this one.
They live in the hottest tropical jungles in French Guiana and Brazil.
3) Goliath birdeater- South America
Diverging from the regular beetle and roach that now seems harmless compared to this sinister looking tarantula, the fun fact is that people actually purchase the Goliath birdeater because they are popular pets.
Popular pets until they get out and wreck havoc in your home and eat your pet bird, that is. They even make hissing noises and have poisonous fangs causing sever pain, nausea and sweating. Remind us to never piss this giant spider specie off.
2) Tarantula hawk- Central America
Endemic to Mexico, this hybrid wasp-tarantula specie would be a good reason to dissuade anyone from taking a holiday to Cancun. Unfortunately, they have been made homes in deserts in the United States
Yes, that is indeed a tarantula hawk attacking a spider with its poison because they require spiders to serve as their hosts for larvae.
1) Giant camel spiders- Asia
Found in deserts in the Middle East, they feed on ground-dwelling arthropods and other small animals.
Their size and appetite has been greatly exaggerated and humans have even created myths about this otherwise seemingly harmless creature. It sure reminds us to not judge a book by its cover!