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Dino-Bugs: World’s Largest Bugs

In the age of the dinosaurs, monstrous insects roamed the earth. The largest of these colossal bugs was the giant dragonfly. With a wingspan of 2 feet, it was truly a force to be reckoned with.

Luckily, you can rest easy tonight, since these behemoths have long since gone extinct. But many of their hulking descendants still walk among us.
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Titan Beetle

titan beetleThe biggest beetle in terms of length is the titan beetle. This gargantuan bug grows to be 8 inches long as an adult and has mandibles that can snap a pencil in half. It has even been known to tear into human flesh.

The titan beetle lives in the Amazon and is actually advertised as a tourist attraction. Like most beetles, it will make a loud hissing noise when threatened.
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Goliath Beetle

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If you add bulk and weight to the equation, the goliath beetle becomes the biggest beetle on earth. It’s the world’s heaviest insect and can lift 850 times its own weight.

This bug lives in the tropical forests of Africa, and though it’s legs are equipped with claws, it only feeds on tree sap and fruit.

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Giant Camel Spider

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Lurking in the deserts of the Middle East lives a horrifying spider with powerful jaws capable of inflicting a painful bite. The giant camel spider grows up to 12 inches long and is a swift hunter, traveling up to 10 miles per hour on land.

Normally, this spider will just feed on dark winged beetles and termites, but it has been known to eat snakes, rodents and small lizards.
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Goliath Birdeater

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The most massive living tarantula can be found in the rainforests of South America. An ambush predator that’s active at night, the goliath birdeater lies in wait for its prey to approach before it attacks. Its 1 inch long fangs will sink into its victim and emit venom potent enough to kill a mouse.

Yet for a human, the goliath birdeater’s bite is no worse than a bee sting. Never has a person been reported of dying from one of these bugs.
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Atlas Moth

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When it comes to largest moth in the world, the atlas moth takes the cake. There are many theories around where this grandiose bug got its name.

Some suggest the name comes from Greek mythology, as Atlas was a Titan sentenced by Zeus to hold up the sky. Others say it’s a reference to the map-like pattern on its wings. In Chinese, the name translates to “snake’s head moth,” possibly alluding to the tips of the moth’s wings.
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Want to discover more interesting bug facts? Check out this article on the deadliest spiders in Tennessee.
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