5 Badass Bugs—Scariest Insects on Earth
There are over a quintillion insects on this planet, it is believed. That's 10,000,000,000,000,000,000! Or 1.5 billion bugs for every one of us. Thank god they're too pathetic and weak to take us on and wipe us out. Or are they..
This is a list of the 5 most deadly insects on earth. Some are as you may expect, but others you may never even have heard of.
The Africanized Bee
Also lovingly known as 'killer bees' they are a hybrid of the Western honey bee species. These were created by cross breeding the African honey bee with the European honey bee. The bees are far more defensive than any of the European subspecies and that's what makes them so scary. Lets put it this way:
You can stand close to a common European honey bee nest for 9 seconds before they will attack. This is because they have deemed you as a threat and will chase you for just over 300 yards. Not really an issue to you, and you're easily able to avoid the bees.
However Africanzied Bees act a little differently. They will give you approximately 1/2 a second in order to be deemed a threat, and will attack in very large quantities, often the entire hive. The torture doesn't end there though. Oh no. The bees will chase you for just shy of half a mile.
As you can see, these guys aren't to be messed with.
When Killer Bees Attack
Brazilian Wandering Spider
Crowned by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most venomous spider, it is responsible for hospitalising 7000 people in Brazil during 1970-1980. The deadly spiders produce neurotoxin similar to that produced by the Black Widow Spider. The effects of the venom include pain, cold sweats and an irregular heartbeat.
The spider stands on its back legs when provoked, presenting its fangs to the attacker as a warning sign (see picture).
Giant Japanese Hornet or Asian Hornet
The Giant Japanese Hornet is 2 inches long. That's right. It also has a wingspan of over 3 inches too. That's Badass. You've most likely seen the viral YouTube video on them wiping out an entire honey bee hive, but I'll include the link below. This is some real scary stuff, and an even scarier fact is that Giant Japanese Hornets are responsible for more deaths than all other venomous and non venomous animals combined in Japan each year.
Also, as mentioned earlier about the distance the Killer bees and honey bees chase you, the Giant Japanese Hornet will chase you for over three miles.
Damn nature, you scary
African Assassin Bug
An interestingly scary name for an interesting looking creature. They are vividly coloured and are said to have venom that is 10 times more deadly that a cobra's. They have the ability to spit or inject the venom. Thankfully the venom isn't enough to kill one human, but being bitten by one can still cause you issues.
The venom the African Assassin Bug injects will liquefy the insides of the prey, which is then sucked out by the bug's 'proboscis'. They hunt by coving themselves with the dead bodies of previous victims, and if that wasn't crazy enough, some people even keep them as pets!
These critters are found only in Africa, and look very similar to common houseflies. They are, however, far more deadly. The flies are hosts of a disease that affects the human nervous system called the sleeping sickness disease. The first symptoms are flu, then a coma due, followed by an untimely death. Roughly 250-300 are killed each year through this disease. Even something as innocent and pathetic looking as a fly can kill creatures many times its size. Very scary indeed. If that isn't enough to give you nightmares, I don't know what is.
I hope that this article hasn't caused you too much distress. For those living in Europe or America, many of these bugs aren't in existence near you, so sleep well in the knowledge that you're not going to wake up covered in Killer Bees, or with your flesh dissolved by the venom of the Giant Japanese Hornet.