Earth’s Biggest and Creepiest Insects

Sometimes size does matter, especially when you’re staring at a bug that is as freaky-looking as it is big (or small).

Goliath Beetle

Can you lift 850 times your own weight? Allow us to introduce you to a creature that can. Image: www.valvetime.net

There’s a good reason why the insect in this photo is called the Goliath beetle.

Just like the biblical Philistine giant, these beetles are enormous!

An adult Goliath beetle can easily reach almost 11.5 centimeters (4.5 inches) in length and weigh in at 57 grams (two ounces). Plus, they are insanely strong creatures who can lift approximately 850 times their own weight.

Goliath beetles have been around on our planet for about 300 million years.

There are seven subspecies, and they are all native to Africa’s tropical regions.

Apparently, they like warm and humid conditions of rainforests, but they can also live outside of their natural habitat and even be kept as pets!