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10 of the largest insects in the world

By: Bryan Nelson on Feb. 17, 2016, 10:30 a.m.
Tarantula hawk sitting on a pink flower.

Photo: Sarah Zukoff/flickr

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Tarantula hawk

These enormous wasps are so large and ferocious that they are capable of hunting and feeding on tarantulas. According to the BBC, female tarantula hawks like to tackle tarantulas because the spiders' large size makes them a perfect meal for the wasp's larger-than-average offspring.

Their legs have hooks on the ends which they use to latch onto their victims, and their stinger (which can be as long as a third of an inch) is rated as among the most painful in the world.

Luckily, they are mostly docile unless harassed, but this is one mean bug you wouldn't want to encounter!