Biggest Bug in the World
Our planet is truly blessed, giving variety of species which humans can enjoy and appreciate. While most humans are fascinated with dogs, cats or birds, there are many others who are fond of insects and bugs. While appreciating cute and non-threatening creatures may be easy, imagine when you are being confronted with the biggest insect that is right in front of you.
There are many bugs that come in different shapes and sizes. There’s the Goliath beetle, one of the strong contenders for the largest insects on the planet, the Giant Walking Stick or the longest insect and the Queen Alexandra Birdwing Butterfly, also one of the biggest insects on earth. However, meet the Titan Beetle, the biggest bug in the world.
What You Need to Know About Titan Beetle
Its Latin name says it all, Titanus giganteus. Aside from being the biggest insect on the planet, Titan Beetle is a longhorn beetle and is the biggest and most massive among the beetle species as well as the longest beetle that can be found in the Amazon rainforest.
Below are some interesting facts about this huge bug.
Brown to black in color, Titan beetles can grow as much as 8 inches or 20.32 centimeters in length, making it longer than a Chihuahua. It is even longer than the hand of an average 8 year old boy. This type of bug has short, curved and sharp mandibles that can easily snap a pencil into two and at the same time, can also cut into human flesh.
According to various sites, the larvae of the Titan Beetle have never been found. However, it was believed that it feeds inside wood as seen by the boreholes that are believed to be created by this huge bug since it can fit a grub over two inches wide and one foot long.
As a form of defense, Titan Beetles warn its predators by emitting a loud hissing sound, as if there’s a snake. This type of giant bug also has sharp spines and strong jaws, which explains why it can cut into human flesh when threatened.
Titan Beetles cannot be found anywhere on earth. As a matter of fact, they are only distributed in rain forests in certain countries in South America such as Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, The Guianas and Amazon in Brazil.
Titan Beetle as a Tourist Attraction
Despite its status as the biggest bug on the planet, Titan Beetles are used as a form of tourism in order to attract adventurous tourists to go into the areas where these beetles are located. In fact, a lot of eco tourism agencies in South America even use pictures of this huge creature and advertise it in their brochures and pamphlets. Because of this, a number of tourists are drawn to these places, wanting to catch a glimpse of this massive species.
How about you? Would you want to see and even touch Titan Beetles?