Natural World

Insects You Hope to Never Encounter 

Jacoby Bancroft
Updated November 14, 2019 328.1k views 14 items

Is there anything scarier than thinking about the millions upon millions of different insect species currently roaming the earth? True, most of them won’t bother you if you leave them alone, but there’s a good number of bugs out there on a mission to make our lives a living hell. Terrifying insects lurk in the shadows, waiting for the prime opportunity to strike. If you weren’t already afraid of the world around you, check out this list of scary insects and deadly bugs that you better pray you never encounter. 

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Bullet Ant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Insects You Hope to Never Encounter
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Bullet Ant

It isn’t very hard to guess why these abominations are named as they are. The bullet ant is native to Central America and is living proof that our creator has a sick sense of humor. Stay away from these guys at all costs. Yes, their stings feel like bullet wounds, but what’s arguably worse is that it is not a fleeting pain. Once you are bitten, you will be in supreme agony for close to 24 hours. Such tiny creatures are capable of such immense pain that it's probably better to avoid Central America altogether. 

Human bot fly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Insects You Hope to Never Encounter
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Human Bot Fly

One of the scariest things about the human bot fly is that they’ve adapted to feed only on humans. They’ve developed a taste for us and now they can’t stop. Their methods might be the single most disgusting thing and have inspired countless horrific science fiction movies. The human bot fly likes to bite us and lay eggs under our skin. The maggot then feeds off our live flesh. They can grow absolutely anywhere including the lips, the eyes, organs, and the brain. Pray that it doesn’t lay eggs in your brain. One way to remove them once they get under your skin? The old-fashioned way.

Giant weta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Insects You Hope to Never Encounter
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Giant Weta

This one may not be as deadly as others on the list, but it’s certainly something any sane person wouldn’t want to stumble across in their home. The giant weta is the world’s biggest insect in terms of weight. It weighs three times that of a normal mouse and has a wingspan of seven inches. Luckily, these monstrosities are only found in New Zealand, which automatically should disqualify the country as a viable tourist destination. 

Golden silk orb-weaver ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Insects You Hope to Never Encounter
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Golden Orb Weaver

To some, spiders are the worst bugs ever, and for good reason. They have eight weird legs, close to a billion eyes, and seemingly only show up when you are trying to go to the bathroom in peace. Well, arachnophobes now have something even worse to fear: the golden orb weaver. What makes these guys so scary is their insistence on eating larger animals. This story shocked the world as it was reported that one of these spiders actually ate a bird. Humans need to watch out because everyone knows birds are a gateway prey. It won’t be long before the golden orb weaver works its way up the food chain.