A Living Nightmare: 8 Creepy Bugs You Didn’t Know About

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There are almost a million types of insects in the world. Such a high number allows for some pretty scary examples which seem to be taken right out of a horror movie.

To kick off the Halloween season with a bang, this article will cover eight creepy bugs that will make your skin crawl. Read on!

1. The Brahmin Moth Caterpillar


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This caterpillar resembles a real-life alien. Its spindles resemble tentacles, which is what contributes to the alien look even more, along with the shiny black coloring on its body. The spindles reach from its belly and are both a way to catch prey and a defense mechanism.

2. The Camel Spider


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This creature is a cross between a scorpion and a spider, and it can grow to be six inches long. Although these spiders look downright terrifying with their soft-orange body, they are actually neither aggressive nor venomous to humans.

3. The Scorpionfly


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The scorpionfly is, as its name suggests, a type of fly that resembles a scorpion, mostly because of its long tail. While this bug’s appearance is truly scary, its habit of living in and finding human corpses is even more so. However, this feature has made it useful to forensic scientists who use them in their cadaver studies.

4. The Goliath Birdeater


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As far as tarantulas go, this specimen is gigantic. The fact that it eats whole birds should tell you enough about how huge it actually is. This tarantula is easily recognizable by its extremely long legs that can reach up to 11 inches. It inhabits rainforests and can live to be up to 25 years old.

If you ever encounter this bug, it is important that you do not engage with it. If it feels threatened, it will definitely bite.

5. The Puss Moth Caterpillar

Puss Moth Caterpillar

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The Puss Moth Caterpillar is one of the most toxic insects in North America. Just touching its body can cause severe burns and rashes on your skin. The bug’s name stems from the fact that its larvae resemble a Persian cat. The combination of a green body, tiny black and white tentacles, and the toxic hairs makes this caterpillar’s appearance quite literally horrifying.

6. The Giant Weta

Giant Weta

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Have you ever wondered what a giant cricket would look like? If yes, then look no further. This bug resembles an overweight cricket, and it is one of the largest and heaviest insects in the world.

This bug’s name will tell you all that you need to know about its appearance. The word weta comes from an old Maori word (wetapunga), and it means God of ugly beings.

7. The Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug

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Unlike most insects on this list, the Assassin Bug is relatively small. It is never bigger than two inches, and it is easily recognizable by its spiny body and pointy proboscis. They get their name from the manner in which they attack and kill prey. Namely, they stab it with the proboscis once, piercing through its body, and kill it quite quickly and efficiently.

8. The Titan Beetle

Titan Beetle

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This beetle has mandibles that can snap a plastic or wooden pen in half. It can grow to be up to seven inches tall, and it will attack humans if it feels threatened. Like most creepy bugs on this list, it also lives in rainforests.

Carrie Nelson
Carrie Nelson wears many hats. She’s an avid quilter, author as well as a social media guru. Her love for quilting is evident in her books on the subject and she hopes to pass on her color balance and design skills to her readers. When not quilting or writing, you’ll find her knee-deep in home improvement projects.