The Grossest Bugs on Earth Anything
+Vote List
by  tags 198 votes 54 voters 22,618 views 15 items f p @

The Grossest Bugs on Earth

List Criteria: Only arthropods that are actually shuddery-gross... not necessarily scary or dangerous.

I love insects. I do. I fear spiders, but I respect them and try not to let my fear control me when I see one. However, there are bugs that are simply gross. Just really, really gross. Not just ugly (though, definitely ugly), but also nasty in their habits and their behavior. These are the grossest bugs in the world. I know I've left some off the list, so go ahead and add any I've missed. Vote for the nastiest of the nasty.

L The List
Z
B Comments
G Options
  1. 1
    + 19
    - 7

    Cattle Tick

    Oh jeez. This list is seriously making me gag. Ticks are bad enough, their whole nasty family of bloodsucking disease-carriers... but Cattle Ticks? If any of you have ever spent any time around livestock, you know what I mean. Horses, sheep and cattle... you'll be walking by or maybe grooming a horse and GAAAAHHHH! It's the size of a grape. A GRAPE! and it's all white and giant, and filled with blood. 


    And you have to get some horseshoe tongs or something and pull it off and... ok, I'm totally traumatized now. This is why I am not living on a ranch right now, people. 

  2. 2
    + 20
    - 9

    Shudder. It's like a cross between two of the most creepy things - spiders and centipedes. 


    House centipedes actually feed on spiders, bed bugs, termites, cockroaches, silverfish, ants, and other things we hate in our house. Too bad they are almost worse. It turns out that the thing that's the most creepy about them, their gazillion long legs, is how they administer their venom! GAH! So strictly speaking they sting rather than bite and they tend to do it at night. When the centipede is in danger of becoming prey itself, it can detach any legs that have become trapped. 

    Of course it can.

  3. 3
    + 21
    - 11

    Camel Spider

    

  4. 4
    + 11
    - 6

    Earwig

    There must be something about a shiny carapace, right? Or maybe it's those little moving pincher things on the butt, which they use to capture and hold prey.


    Their gross name may be related to the old wives' tale that earwigs burrowed into the brains of humans through the ear and laid their eggs there. Earwigs like hiding in warm humid crevices and I suppose nothing is stopping thrm from occasionally crawling into the human ear canal (much like any other small organism). Not that I've ever heard of something like that happening. (Though a spider did once crawl into mom's ear when she was sleeping. I know. I didn't sleep for a week after that.) 

    Earwigs can also do that cockroach thing and get all flat to fit into the tiniest places you could ever imagine. Barf.

  5. 5
    + 11
    - 6

    Weta

    Bulbous, shiny and fleshy looking. Also, spikes. Bleech.


    Weta look a bit like a katydid, long-horned grasshopper, or cricket, but the hind legs are enlarged and usually very spiny.  They are nocturnal and different species have different diets. Most weta are predators or omnivores preying on other invertebrates, but the tree and giant weta eat mostly lichens, leaves, flowers, seed-heads and fruit.

    Weta can bite and inflict painful scratches, with the potential of infection, but their primary defense is mostly visual --  looking large and spiky and creepy.

  6. 6
    + 6
    - 2

    Cave Spider

    Also known as the Tailless Whip Scorpion, this is neither a spider nor a scorpion. But it sure the @$#%#$% is terrifying.

16 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options B Comments z Share Next List >

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists