Everyone knows that the biggest insects lived in the prehistoric era, but even in the modern world can still be found sufficiently large representatives of this class, the type of which run goose bumps.
Meganizoptera (or Griffinflay) - the largest dragonfly that ever lived in the world and the largest prehistoric insect. This giant with a wingspan of 75 cm reigned in heaven about 317 - 247 million years ago, long before there were pterosaurs, birds and bats.
The giant New Zealand Grasshopper
grasshopper can weigh up to '35 day he usually hides among leaf litter or under truhlymi trees, but at night he leaves his hiding place. Despite its huge size, the grasshopper lived only 6-9 months.
A native of the tropical forests of South America, the beetle - the largest insect in the world. Reaching 16, 7 cm in length, this giant insect with their pincers can easily break a pencil in half. There were times when these mites and pierced with human flesh.
Australian stick insect
This is a huge insect feeds on plants and lives in Australia. In the female body is covered with prickly spines in males smooth. Females larger than males and can reach a length of 20 cm. Although they externally look like mantid, the connection between them does not close.
This large butterfly inhabits the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia. A wingspan of up to 25 cm. These beautiful creatures are fascinating with its bright colors. But they live only 5-7 days.
A giant burrowing cockroach
In general, living in tropical parts of the Australian state of Queensland. This is one of the largest and heaviest in the world of cockroaches. It reaches a length up to 8 cm and weigh up to 35 g. also known under the name rhinoceros beetle. Some people keep it at home as a pet. It can live up to 10 years.
A native of the tropical forests of Central and South America (particularly common in Mexico). This amazing beetle reaches a length of up to 13 cm. It is active mainly at night. It feeds on sap beetle fallen trees and tropical fruits.
This is one of the longest insect in the world (up to 57 cm). His recently discovered in the rainforest in Borneo. This kind of stick insects remains largely unexplored, because the insect lives in the treetops, where it is very difficult to detect.
Queen Alexandra Ptitsekryl
The world's largest butterfly, which is found in the tropical forests of Oro province in eastern Papua New Guinea. This giant creature wingspan reaches 30, 5 cm, feeds liquid nectar butterfly tropical flowers.
A giant water bug
This is a large insect can be found in freshwater ponds, lakes, streams and rivers in North and South America, Australia and North East Asia. As is known, these ferocious predators attacking small fish and frogs, but they can also kill small snakes and even turtles. Bug is known by other names - "biting fingers" and "alligator clamp."
It is also known as the Caucasus Beetle. This is especially large species found throughout Southeast Asia, especially in Malaysia. Males can reach lengths of 13 cm.
St. Helena earwig Islands
The largest species of earwigs, once dwelt on the island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. body length is 8 cm. The last confirmed meeting with a live earwig was held in May 1967. In 2014 this remarkable species was officially declared extinct.
A native of the tropical areas of Africa, beetles, Goliath hit their size, their larvae are also very large and heavy (can weigh up to 100 g). Adults reach a length of 12 cm.
It is found in the tropical forests of South America. Beetle is easily recognized by a beautiful pattern and large jaws. Despite its huge size (over 17 cm in length), this kind of well adapted for flight.
Wasp tarantulovy hawk
The wasp hunts spiders, including tarantulas on. Females of this species of spider will paralyze its bite. Then they drag the spider, which can be 8 times their weight in the hole, where they lay their eggs in it. wasp larvae then eat a tarantula, and eventually turn into adults.
Solitary wasps living on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java. The scope of the wings 11, 5 cm. At this stage larvae wasps parasitize larvae giant rhinoceros beetle.
Beetle has large dimensions (up to 12 cm), intimidating appearance and impressive jaws similar to ticks. However, this giant feeds on plant sap and floats its jaws only during courtship or in the battles for the females. It usually is not dangerous for humans.