IN FOCUS FRIDAY: 10 of the Biggest Bugs on Earth

04/15/2011

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The Atlas moth has the biggest wing surface of any moth, more than 62 square inches of wing.

 

Appreciation for nature is easy when it comes to cute, little, non-threatening creatures ... but what about massive insects and arachnids, many of which are endangered or threatened? How would you feel facing down a spider the size of a dinner plate or an 8-inch-long beetle? Check out a few of the biggest bugs on Earth here, and see more giants of the insect world in our bugged-out photo slide show.

MORE PHOTOS: 10 Biggest Bugs on Earth

 

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The dung beetle may not have the size advantage of other beetles, but it is gifted with Hulk-type strength.

 

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The three-inch-long male stag beetle may be most easily recognized by its spiky front antlers.

 

KEEP LOOKING: 10 Biggest Bugs on Earth

MORE PHOTOS: Amazing Animal Pictures

 

Photo Credits: Bach/Corbis | Paul Souders/Corbis | Raven Regan/Design Pics/Corbis |


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