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Top 5 Scariest Bugs and Creepy Crawlers, these are Horrifying to See

Updated on July 22, 2014

The Top 5 Scariest Insects From Around the World Quick Synopsis

  1. Japanese Giant Hornet (vespa mandarinia japonica) because it is from Japan I wont encounter it enough to be scared of it.
  2. Africanized Honey Bee (Apis mellifera scutellata) while they are here they are not that scary looking.

  3. Bullet Ant (Paraponera clavata) and since I wont get to the rain forest to often I probably wont get eaten by these.

  4. Army or Soldier Ant (Eciton burchellii) these are probably one reason I wont go to the Amazon without an experienced guide.

  5. Bot Fly (family oestridae, genus and species varies) while these are scary there are not a lot of these here.

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So why are we scared of insects?

For the most part I think we are scared of insects because of they are just plain "not cute" or in other words they are freaky looking. They hide in dark places and scurry about. They have antenna, hairs, they buzz and click, and they even smell or squish when you step on them. All of these things make them a very unsuitable or endearing stuffed animal.

Now there are a few movies, where insects are made to be loveable (see our poll for the best) but they are given human characteristics to make them more appealing. And some insects are beautiful or endearing like butterflies, lady bugs, and fireflies. But for the most part they are the scariest things that creep on this Earth.

So lets take a look at the ones that scare me the most. And while this is my top 5 I tried to stick to ones that I have come in contact with our seen. I don't think its fair to use bugs that are so rare I would never encounter them.

So without further interruptions here are my top 5 in reverse order.


NUMBER 5: Common Name Earwig

Known as Forficula auricularia is not a good looking bug. Even its common name kind of sounds like it will lay eggs in your ear and they will hatch and cause you pain.

But it is their back pincher at the end of their abdomen that make me fear them. In all reality the pinch doesn't hurt but it just feels weird. They have wings but rarely use them to fly.

They are found all over the Americas and you, like me, have probably seen them. They can admit a foul smelling yellow liquid but I have never smelt it.

The most common myth is that they can crawl into your ears and lay eggs in your brain. But that has never happened as of yet. They are pretty harmless they just look fierce.


NUMBER 4: Common Name Centipede

The centipede or Scolopendromorpha: Scolopendridae looks scary to me because of its many legs and a snake like appearance. It can wiggle around in a sidewinder like manner and looks really creepy when it is moving with all of its legs going.

They are found all over but what kind of makes them creepy is that they appear in litter or soil or leaves that you are usually trying to move so they can just kind of pop up and give you quite a fright. And since they move fast it is hard to kill them.

They have forcipules that are found only in that type of group that look like pincers and give more precedence to the gruesome looks. On some species of centipedes you need to be aware of their bite which can be very painful but not usually fatal. They can have up to 300 legs and usually have them in odd amounts.

While they are scary I have not been bitten by one but I have brushed a few off of myself numerous times.


NUMBER 3: Common Name Scorpion

Scorpions are eight legged arthropods that are probably the most fearsome looking thing that crawls on this earth. But it does not strike as much fear in my as the next two. But nonetheless they are still scary. With their crab like pincher and menacing stinger they look like they can kill.

And kill they can, their venom is deadly with about 25 species that produce enough venom to be fatal to humans. They have adapted so well they can be found everywhere except the Antarctica.

Some unusual things about the is that they glow under certain lights especially black lights. The problem with this, is that they look even scarier under black light. They can have about 8 scorplings after a rather violent and ritualistic courtship.

All scorpions possess venom but they prefer to use other methods like brute force to kill their prey and there are not a lot of fatalities with humans. There are many things scorpions are used for including research, neurotoxins, and medicine. In some countries they are even eaten.

So while these are the scariest looking, they do not scare me as much as these next two creepy crawlers.

What are you most afraid of?

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What is the Fear of Insects Called?

  1. Insectophobia is the fear of insects.
  2. Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders.
  3. Ophidiophobia is the fear of snakes.
  4. Parasitophobia is the fear of parasites.


NUMBER 2: Common Name Black Widow

While most spiders are scary nothing brings me more fear than seeing this spider. Especially when you can see the underbelly and the red markings. You basically don't want anything to do with them. And for good reason.

Of course the female has a fearsome reputation for devouring its mate after copulation. But it is the venom these spiders have that is considered the most toxic in nature. But luckily for us they don't have much, so while it is uncomfortable, it rarely kills humans.

They probably get their female connotation, even though the Black Widow is male and female, because they female can be 20 x the mass of the male.

I think the reason they scare me is that I found them so near the house. I mean the others you usually find outside in the yard or in nature. But I have found the black widow in my basement and garage so that is very scary when you think it could be roaming around the house.


NUMBER 1: Common Name Jerusalem Cricket

Also known as Stenopelmatus fuscus this is by FAR the ugliest and scariest creature I have ever personally seen in my life. I have no idea why this scares me so much. I think the best reason is that it just looks so unnatural. I mean if anything looks alien this creature does.

While these are not crickets nor are they from Jerusalem they still are menacing. They have these awful looking mandibles which can give a pretty bad bite and they also emit a foul smelling odor. One thing I didn't know was that they do have a song which is used during mating but this freaks me out even more. Their sound is more like a hiss or a rasping which is emitted when they rub their legs together.

In my life I can remember seeing two of these up close. Each time I ran away screaming and I wasn't embarrassed at all. I don't know what it was but they just freaked me out. Sometimes it is the creature or thing that scares you the most and for some reason you don't even know why. Even today it was hard for me to put these pictures up and this critter still strikes fear in my heart.

SO WHAT IS YOUR FEAR, leave a comment below and let me know.

This is not a face any mother could love.



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