For every person on the Earth, there are 1.5 billion bugs. Seriously! And some of them are pretty spectacular. We’ve rounded up a few of the wildest ones for you here, along with some fun facts about each of these crazy creatures. If your kids love bugs as much as we do, check out our GeoSafari® Jr Bugnoculars, the perfect way to safely contain and examine backyard bug finds, featuring a built-in 3x magnifier, snap-lock lid with air holes, and water-tight bottom.
The Japanese Giant Hornet
Habitat – Japan, of course.
Height – This bonkers bumble bee is actually about 3 inches long – that’s bigger than your thumb!
Fun Fact – When threatened, the hornet shoots poison – in your eye! And if that wasn’t bad enough, the poison doubles as a rally cry, calling more hornets to help!
The Puss Moth Caterpillar
Habitat – Europe, Asia, and North Africa
Height – The caterpillars can be 3 inches or longer; the wingspan of the moth is about 1.5 inches.
Fun Fact – The “face” of this creepy caterpillar is actually a form of mimicry intended to scare off predators. The black eye spots and giant mouth are just a ruse to hide the caterpillar’s real head, which rests inside. Oh, and the horns on its back can spray acid!
The Spiny Flower Mantis
Habitat – Africa
Height – This itty bitty beauty stands about 1.5 inches tall.
Fun Fact – They may look as sweet as flowers, but the Spiny Flower Mantis is actuallya cannibal – theyeat their own kind, which makes mating particularly difficult!
The Hummingbird Clearwing Moth
Habitat – North America
Height – These wanna-be hummingbirds have a wingspan of roughly 2 inches.
Fun Fact – This giant moth feeds through its proboscis, which looks a lot like a hummingbird’s beak.
The Planthopper Nymph
Habitat – These babies really get around, making their homes all over the globe, including north of the Arctic Circle!
Height – See the swirly wrinkles on your fingertips? Planthopper Nymphs are about the size of the center swirl.
Fun Fact – These baby Planthoppers have a system of gears in their legs that help synchronize all of their legs when jumping! Oh, and that sparkly stuff on their backsides? It’s made of waterproof wax that slows their descent when falling and also scares away predators.