PHOTOS & VIDEOS
Big BugsOctober 25, 2013
Giant Asian Hornet
Giant bugs are causing big problems in China, where there has been an increase in hornet attacks this year. The giant Asian hornet can grow up to two inches long (about the size of a thumb). It usually eats honeybees and other hornets. But they also carry a toxic venom that is especially dangerous for people who get multiple stings. Click through this slide show to read about more big bugs.
Big bugs are found everywhere. At 6½ inches long, the titan beetle is one of the largest beetle species on the planet. It lives in the rain forests of Central and South America.
Central American Giant Cockroach
The Central American giant cockroach is one of the largest cockroaches in the world. Females can grow to about four inches long. Males are smaller, measuring about three inches.
Queen Alexandra's birdwing
With a wingspan of about 11 inches, the Queen Alexandra’s birdwing is the largest butterfly in the world. It lives in only a small area of coastal rain forest in Papua New Guinea.
The giant weta of New Zealand can grow to four inches in length. It is the world’s heaviest insect. One giant weta can weigh as much as three mice.