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What is the largest insect in the world?

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Insects come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are so small that we can barely see them, but some are so large that we can mistake them for a mouse or a bird. When trying to identify the largest insect in the world, you first need to determine what characterizes that insect as the largest. Is the largest insect the heaviest? The longest? Does he have the largest wingspan?

Giant Weta

If the heaviest insect qualifies as the largest insect, then look no further than Giant Weta. Native to New Zealand, female giant wetas can weigh up to two and a half ounces when full of eggs. This is heavier than some bird species. Although these insects resemble a giant cricket, giant wetas cannot jump due to their size. Giant wetas have been around for almost 190 million years, making them older than some dinosaurs!

Queen Alexandria's Birdwing

The Queen Alexandria birdwing is the largest butterfly in the world. The female's wingspan can be up to one foot wide. These butterflies, found in the rainforests of New Guinea, are very rare and are listed as endangered. Although both species have different markings, male and female Alexandrine Birdwings are quite different from each other. Females are larger, have brown wings with white markings and a cream-colored body with a red tuft of fur at the throat. Males are smaller but much brighter, with blue-green wing markings and a bright yellow body. The Queen Alexandria birdwing is also poisonous to predators that try to eat it. Its distinct pattern is a warning to potential predators.

Friganistria chinensis Zhao

The longest insect in the world is a new discovery. The stick insect, discovered in 2014, Friganistria chinensis Zhao can grow up to two feet in length. This insect comes from China and is a type of stick insect. Scientists have discovered that these insects also have a sweet tooth and have been observed to eat strawberry jam when offered.

Giant burrowing cockroach

Cockroaches are known for their ability to grow to large sizes when they reach adulthood. The largest species of cockroach is the giant burrowing cockroach, also known as the rhinoceros cockroach. These cockroaches are native to Australia and can grow up to three and a half inches long and weigh up to an ounce and a half. Feeding on fallen leaves and other decaying matter, giant burrowing cockroaches can live up to 10 years. Some people even keep these cockroaches as pets!

No matter what qualifies one of these creatures as the world's largest insect, everyone can agree that these insects are huge! What would you do if you found this in your yard?

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