Listen, you don’t have to break our arm to convince us to stay away from some of the creepy crawlies that are out there. We can deal with the occasional spider and, heck, we won’t even flinch if we see a big bumblebee. However, the following insects on this list are truly some of the most horrific and scary known to mankind. Keep on reading to find 15 of the world’s most nightmare inducing insects!
Giant Orb Weaving Spider
We said before the jump that we could handle the occasional spider but this is not what we had in mind. The Giant Orb Weaving Spider is exactly how it sounds: huge, venemous, and absolutely terrifying. In fact, these spiders are so big that they actual can hunt and kill birds. Birds! Some of the birds they eat are the size of small cats and you don’t need an elementary education to know that is a whole lot of nope.
The following information is not for the faint of heart. Seriously, you’ll probably need to go hug a couple of big dogs or work with an animal charity to feel good again. The botfly can be found primarily through South and Central America and you don’t ever want to run into one. These insects like to burrow their eggs into the bodies of their targets, including humans. The eggs then react to a change in temperature and begin to hatch inside of the flesh of their target. Yes, there are botflies that will lay eggs inside of small scratches on your body. Yes, they will hatch and begin to chew their way out of your flesh. Now go take a cheap flight to the closest dog training schools you can find and hug every furry cute thing possible.
Imagine a human serial killer that attached severed limbs of its victims to its body. Yeah, some dude walking around with heads and arms taped to his body would be horrifying. That is essentially what the Assassin Bug does. This bug layers itself in the corpses of its victims as it hunts. We’re not sure why. There’s probably a scientific reason. We don’t care, just keep it away from us.
Is your favorite movie the first Alien film? Do you really appreciate the concept of ‘facehuggers’? We have the perfect insect for you! The Camel Spider is native to the Middle East and North Africa and it can grow upwards of 6 to 7 inches in length. Yes, these spiders are half a foot long in length and their jaws make up the majority of their body. They like to hide in the shade and can be found in sleeping bags and shoes. Yikes.
African Killer Bee
Aw, you think you know how bad bees can be. Guess what? You’re wrong. The African Killer Bee is one of the more dangerous insects on our list due to just how darn mean they are. If you disturb a local bee in America you might grab a sting or two. If you cross paths with an African Killer Bee the entire colony will set off after you and they’ll chase you for at least half of a mile. You can expect thousands of stings if you don’t get away fast enough and that could lead to organ failure and death.
New Zealand Weta
There is something to be said for sheer size and the New Zealand Weta says a whole damn lot. The New Zealand Weta is the heaviest bug on Earth and it would easily send people like me running for the nearest plane off of the island. In fact, I’m pretty sure this thing is bigger than my cat and could probably send it to the vet for some cat health care. We’re not sure how dangerous they are and we don’t want to expose ourselves to any more pictures. So, just be careful if you see one.
If you are scared of spiders then you are probably going to be scared of THE BIGGEST SPIDER OF ALL TIME. The Goliath Spider uses a silk web trap, called their ‘welcome mat’, to catch small mammals and other insects. These spiders are 12 inches in width and they are sporting fangs that are an entire inch long. Thankfully these monstrosities aren’t very poisonous and there are no human related deaths in their folder.
Snake Eating Spider
In a clash of phobias we are not sure what we are really rooting for here. The Snake Eating Spider is one of the most intimidating bugs on this list because it eats things that also kill people: like giant snakes. This is sort of like watching the Nazis fight Hydra. We aren’t sure who we want to win but we know we don’t want to hang around to find out.
The Bullet Ant is much like the African Killer Bee: they are an insect that, at first glance, looks familiar but is in fact super dangerous. The Bullet Ant is located in Central and South America (we’re never going there) and they are swarming insects who will hunt down their prey when agitated. People describe their bite as “pain similar to a 3 inch rusty nail in your heel”.
That sure is a fancy way to say “scary as heck house centipede”. These centipedes are gigantic and they have more legs than God intended any one creature to have. They also have a habit of climbing up through your pipes and appearing in the corner of your bathroom when you least expect it. Run, move to a new house, do anything you need to in order to get away.
Amazonian Giant Centipede
Centipedes are the worst thing on Earth, we say with no hyperbole, and the Amazonian Giant Centipede is the totem at the top of the pole of awfulness. These centipedes have giant bodies, move wicked fast, and have poison filled front pincers. Let’s just say we wouldn’t want to see one of these sprint across our floor.
Red Rumped Tarantula
Combine the huge size of a tarantula with the color of murder and evil and you have the Red Rumped Tarantula. This spider hunts crickets and, when the mood strikes it, even smaller lizards. You don’t want to handle them with your hands as even their fur is toxic enough to leave you breaking out in a rash.
Look how cute and fuzzy this little insect is! It’s so cute and fuzzy and… well, okay just don’t touch them. They are covered in hairs coated in venom and their back spines can arch out and hit you much like a porcupine. These things are pure evil coated in wonderful, vibrant colors. Pretty, sure, but just terrible.
Japanese Mountain Leech
Typically you only have to worry about leeches when traipsing around in water. Not so in Japan. These nasty bugs practice ambush maneuvers and they can attack at surprisingly high speeds. They climb up trees in order to drop down on people from below. They can chew through clothing and feed on your blood before you even come to realize it. Thousands of tiny teeth just boring into you. Ugh, we need a cold shower.
Japanese Giant Hornet
That would make a great name for a metal name but we would never want to run into the namesake. Japanese Giant Hornets are known for the poison that they spray out that are capable of literally melting down your flesh. They send out pheromones as signals so that the rest of the hive can easily track you and add their own evil stings to your flesh.