One of the things that I find creepy about insects is the fact that they are so small that they can sneak into just about any space. But then again, looking at some of the largest bugs in the world makes me so glad that they have shrunk in size since the Jurassic period.
Here are some of the biggest insects in the world. And yes, they're just as disgusting as you'd probably guess.
Largest Species of Moth: Hercules Moth
With a surface area 300 square centimeters, it also has the largest wingspan of any insect.
Heaviest Insect: Goliath Beetle Larva
This thing can weigh as much as 4.1 ounces.
Largest Overall: Goliath Beetle
Adult goliath beetles can grow up to 4.3 inches in length.
Largest Insect Ever Found: Meganeuropsis americana
Its wingspan was believed to be 27 inches wide.
Largest Cockroach: Giant Burrowing Cockroach
These giant burrowers can weight up to 1.3 ounces.
Largest Fly: Mydas Fly
With a 3.9-inch wingspan, you might not want to use the swatter on this one.
Largest Ant: Myrmecia brevinoda
Worker ants of this species are around 1.5 inches long, while the queens can reach 1.6 inches in length.
Largest Bee: Giant Mason Bee
Normal bees are bad, but bees with four-inch wingspans are even worse.
Largest Grasshopper: Giant Weta
Rivaling large beetles, this New Zealand native can weigh over 2.6 ounces, making it the heaviest insect of all when it's in its adult form.
Longest Stick Bug: Chan's Megastick
One specimen in the Natural History Museum measures 22.3 inches in length.
Whenever I see a giant bug in my apartment, I always have trouble killing it. That's because I know that it's full of way more guts that one of a smaller size. I mean, just think of the mess you'd make if you squished one of these monsters.