Little Barrier Island is far away in the Pacific, close to New Zealand and spread over 11 square miles of mountains, where you can see what is the Gulliver of crickets, known as Deinacrida heteracnatha, commonly known as Wetapunga. It grows up to 4 inches in length and the maximum recorded weight was 2.5 ounces and was snacking on a full carrot.
A Deinacrida heteracantha, type of cricket found in New Zealand. (Photo: Dinobass/CC BY-SA 4.0)
There are other bugs as well, which have a rather large version. Commonly called as the tree lobster, the Lord Howe Stick insect is actually huge and can stretch to nearly 5 inches. There is Atlas Moth with a wingspan of whopping 10 to 12 inches. The Asian Giant Hornet is 2 inches long and the stinger is spread across a quarter inch, using which it can strike with its deadly venom!
Scroll down to see more of the world’s largest insects and where we managed them. In the photos you see below, you will see the largest versions of insects that you had commonly seen before.
An Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia), found in East Asia. (Photo: Justin/CC BY 2.0)
The elephant beetle (Megasoma elephas), most commonly found in Mexico, Central and South America. (Photo: Bonita R. Cheshier/shutterstock.com)
A pair of Cecropia Moths (Hyalophora cecropia), found in North America. (Photo: Matt Jeppson/shutterstock.com)
Goliath beetles on a thorn blossom, found in Africa. (Photo: Ze’ev Barkan/CC BY 2.0)
Scolopendra gigantea, or Amazonian giant centepede, found in South America. (Photo: Tod Baker/CC BY-SA 2.0)
A luna moth, mainly found in North America. (Photo: promiseminime/CC BY 2.0)
A pair of Eurycantha calcarata, giant spiny stick insects, commonly found in Australiasia. (Photo: Paul Stainthorp/CC BY-SA 2.0)
An Atlas Moth or Attacus atlas, usually found in Southeast Asia. (Photo: rubengarciajrphotography/CC BY 2.0)
A Dryococelus australis, or Lord Howe Island stick insect, found on a small island off the coast of Australia. (Photo: Granitethighs/CC BY-SA 3.0)
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