10 Most Annoying Insects On Earth
Potentially representing over 90% of all animal life forms on Earth, the insect is by far the most diverse group of animals on the planet. Insects come in many different shapes, colors, and sizes; many of them are actually very useful and completely harmless to humans. On the other hand, there are also some insect species that are extremely annoying. Destroying our food, causing painful stings, or making unbearable noises, here are 25 Most Annoying Insects On Earth.
10 Crane Fly
Also known as the daddy longlegs, Crane Flies are definitely among the least popular insects; however, their bad reputation is actually quite undeserved. Unlike most other insects on the list, the Crane Fly doesn’t bite or sting and is completely harmless to humans. It is probably just its spider-like appearance and the awkward, bouncy style of flying that makes it look so creepy.
9 Bed Bug
Known as human parasites for thousands of years, Bed Bugs are small, just up to 5 mm (0.2 in) long bugs that feed on human blood. There are several reasons why these tiny insects can be a huge annoyance to you. Besides sucking your blood, they also shed their skins in your bed, produce fecal stains on your mattress and bedding, and create blood stains on your pajamas.
8 Colorado Potato Beetle
Also known as the potato bug, the Colorado Potato Beetle is familiar to home gardeners as it is one of the most serious pests of potatoes. Both the striped beetle and the black-spotted red larva feed on potato leaves. Their damage can greatly reduce yield and even kill plants. In addition to potato, the bug can be a serious problem for tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers. It is also notorious for its ability to rapidly develop resistance to insecticides.
7 Head Louse
The Head Louse is a tiny, wingless parasitic insect that lives among human hairs and feeds on small amounts of blood drawn from the scalp. This insect is a very common problem, especially for kids. Head Lice are contagious, annoying, and sometimes tough to get rid of. While they don’t spread diseases, their bites can make a child’s scalp very itchy and irritated.
Reaching up to 5.5 cm (2.2 in) in length, the Hornet is the largest species of the wasp. Most Hornets live in tropical Asia, but the insects are also found in Europe, Africa, and North America. Hornets feed on tree sap, but they are also accomplished predators. A Hornet hive will eliminate many flies, bees, and other insects. The Hornet can be very annoying and also dangerous to humans as it delivers very powerful and painful stings.
5 Giant Water Bug
Known by several other names such as the toe-biter and the alligator flea, the Giant Water Bug is a large insect that can be found in freshwater ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers in the Americas, Northern Australia, and East Asia. These fierce predators have been known to prey upon small vertebrates such as fish and frogs, but they can also kill small snakes and even turtles. You can imagine what kind of a nuisance it can be for humans.
Found in most parts of the world, the Cricket is a leaping insect best known for the musical chirping of the males. They produce the sounds by rubbing a scraper located on one forewing along a row of about 50 to 250 teeth on the opposite forewing. The Cricket doesn’t bite or sting, nor is it considered a pest, but the sound can be very annoying to human ears.
3 Killer Bee
Also known as the Africanized honey bee, the Killer Bee is a hybrid of a common honey bee with the African bee. Despite the terrifying name, the Killer Bee is actually not that dangerous as its sting is not different from a sting of any ordinary honey bee. What makes this species so annoying is the aggression and ferocity with which the insects protect their hives.
2 Stink Bug
Originally native to China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, the Stink Bug was recently introduced into the US and Europe where it soon became a feared agricultural pest. However, having these insects at home can also be a huge nuisance as the Stink Bug releases a pungent smell when threatened or crushed. The bugs often gather in homes in fall when they are seeking sheltered places to spend the winter.
A species of short-horned grasshopper, the Locust has been scaring humans for millennia. Locusts are sometimes solitary insects with lifestyles much like grasshoppers, but they have another behavioral phase called the gregarious phase. When environmental conditions produce many green plants and promote breeding, locusts can congregate into thick, mobile, ravenous swarms, capable of destroying entire crops, thus causing famine and starvation.
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