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Top 10 Biggest Bugs

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Top 10 Biggest Bugs

By Animal Planet

Appreciation for nature is easy when it comes to the cute, the little, the non-threatening creatures…but what about the massive insects and arachnids on these pages, many of which are endangered or threatened: How would you feel facing down a spider the size of a dinner plate or an 8-inch-long beetle?

Giant Weta

New Zealand’s giant weta gets its name from the Maori word for “god of bad looks” — and it’s not hard to see why.

The giant weta could hardly be called pretty but it has a fascinating history: Scientists believe this species shared its land with dinosaurs, and had no local predators until European settlers introduced rats to the island.

Though there are more than 70 weta species on the island, 16 of them are endangered or threatened, and the country’s Department of Conservation is hard at work trying to save them.

The giant weta is one of the world’s heaviest insects: They can grow as long as three inches and weigh up to 1.5 ounces — check out the tomato in the background for a size comparison.

Image: Dlanglois / Wiki Commons

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7:12AM PST on Feb 8, 2012

Cool I love bugs

3:18PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Insects are interesting if you get past the "yuck" part!

2:47PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Some interesting bugs!

4:11AM PST on Jan 14, 2012

don't like bugs near me!

1:32PM PST on Jan 6, 2012

I don't like bugs, but that was a beautiful butterfly and moth. :)

5:50AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Beeyle are very common in Asian countries .can be seen in broen and blac colour.They attach coconut trees.

5:44AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

They are looking nice creatures,but I do not like.they sting and painful

1:39AM PST on Dec 31, 2011

I hate bugs. But they are such interesting creatures, and some are so beautiful like the Atlas Moth, and the Queen Alexandra Birdwing (I think, I didn't go back to see if that was right). It's hard to believe that they are that big. When you look at them in their picture, they look tiny, until you read how big they really are. Like the butterfly's wingspan of 1 foot?! That was shocking. Thanks so much for sharing.

8:28AM PST on Dec 27, 2011

The Altas Moth is beautiful!

5:11PM PST on Dec 9, 2011


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