Top 10 Scariest Giants

Aug 27, 2014 | Uncategorized

Who hasn’t had an encounter with something huge that made your heart pick up the pace? Just the word “giant” in a name, brings to mind something almost alien! Let’s see who makes the Top 10.

 

10.    “Atlas Moth” – Ranking as the worlds largest moth that can be found in the wild. They are indigenous to southern China, Malaysia and Indonesia, in tropical and sub-tropical forests. Their most important defense is the colors in their large wings that in most males, resembles the head of a snake. As adults, they are unable to eat because the mouth is not fully developed! So they have about 2 weeks to mate and lay eggs to ensure the next generation.

 

9.    “Giant Walking Stick” – The Giant Walking Stick from South East Asia is the longest in the species, growing up to almost 2 feet in length. The longest one ever recorded was found in the rainforest of Borneo, measuring in at 20 inches! They are nocturnal and feed on leaves. They will play dead as a defense against predators.

 

8.     “Tarantula Hawk” – This is NO hawk, it is a wasp that is able to take down a tarantula! This wasp is actually the state insect of New Mexico; however most of the population does not know how dangerous this wasp is.  This 2 inch wasp will sting a tarantula, incapacitating it and then drags it to a hole where the wasp will lay her eggs in the tarantula. The larvae use this poor tarantula to feed. It is said that the sting of the Tarantula Hawk is the most painful of all insects in North America!

 

7.     “Giant Isopod” – These can grow up to 16 inches, thanks to the phenomenon known as deep sea gigantism. This crustacean is a carnivore scavenging the sea floor for meals like dead whales, squid, fish and sea cucumbers. They have been known to go 8 weeks without eating in captivity!

 

6.     “Chinese Mantis” – The Mantis … everyone loves a praying bug right?  The Chinese Mantis is native to China but they are the largest mantis in North America. This mantis can get up to 5 inches long. Their diet mainly consists of other insects. The female can produce several ootheca where there can be up to 400 eggs in each!

 

5.     “Queen Alexandra Birdwing” – This massive butterfly was named to honor Queen Alexandra the wife of King Edward VII in the 1800’s and is still the largest of the species. This is actually a poisonous butterfly, obtaining its toxic qualities from the pipevine that it eats. Its bright colors are a warning to predators, but if eaten the animal will probably not die, just get really sick!

 

4.     “Giant Weta” – This gentle giant from New Zealand has 16 of the species that are endangered. These giants look like carnivores, but are very gentle and eat mostly vegetation. Many of the species are involved in a fight to keep them from distinction.  In 2011, a former park ranger, Mark Moffett discovered the largest weta ever recorded.  It was so large that as he held it in his hand, it ate a carrot like a little rabbit!

 

3.     “Giant Water Bug” – If the thought of ‘Jaws’ grabbing you from the deep freaks you out, now there are water bugs up to 4 inches long that are trolling the waters! They feed on other insects, small animals, fish and salamanders, by grabbing them with their front legs and stabbing them with their powerful beaks to secrete enzymes that will dissolve the tissues so that they can be sucked up! Not really dangerous to humans but can deliver a pretty painful bite.

 

2.     “Goliath Birdeater” – This is a tarantula that is large enough to eat a bird! Found in the rainforests in Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela! The largest species of tarantula measures 12 inches (about the size of a dinner plate).  The Goliath is very aggressive and delivers poison via their bite, causing severe pain, nausea and sweating. The venom attacks the nervous system and soon paralyzes it victim. Although the males only live about 1 year, the females can live up to 25 years!

 

1.     “Titan Beetle” – The largest beetle in the world, measuring 6 to 7 inches in length. Although they are huge, have jaws of death, sharp spines and can fly … they are harmless to humans. These huge beetles take a long time to mature and after mating will die shortly after. They live in seclusion and the larvae have never been found.

 

So with most of these giants, the most dangerous part to humans is recovering from the anxiety attack after an encounter!

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