The 20 Most Horrifying Insects To Ever Crawl The Earth

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Image: Flickr/Mike Keeling
Image: Flickr/Mike Keeling

Insects may all have six legs, but they actually come in all shapes and sizes. And unfortunately for us humans, some of them have evolved to be truly horrifying – these 20 being a case in point. They’re not all harmful, but they’re all, quite frankly, horrible.

Image: Yasunori Koide
Image: Yasunori Koide

20. Asian giant hornet

Hornets are the terminators of the wasp world, and the Asian giant is the largest of the lot. Annually, dozens of people succumb to its potent venom, which is delivered via a 0.24-inch-long stinger. But that’s not all, for its fearsome jaws make it an efficient predator. Indeed, in just one minute a single hornet can decapitate 40 honeybees.

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Image: Gerald J. Lenhard, Louiana State Univ
Image: Gerald J. Lenhard, Louiana State University

19. Saddleback caterpillar

Hailing from the eastern U.S., this caterpillar is named after the saddle-like markings on its back. But forget the coloration, it’s those spines – which contain venom that causes an excruciating rash – that you need to watch out for. And if that’s not enough, the caterpillar sheds these nasty bristles around its environment as it crawls.

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