21 May '11, 2pm

We are truly sorry for posting this around lunch time -- the 10 largest insects in the world

We are truly sorry for posting this around lunch time -- the 10 largest insects in the world

The Amazon rain forest is home to many large beetles, but none of them compares in length to the titan beetle, Titanus giganteus . This gargantuan insect has mandibles that can easily snap a pencil in half, and reportedly they can rip into human flesh , too. Believe it or not, this beetle is actually a draw for adventurous tourists , and many ecotourism agencies in South America advertise pictures of them in their pamphlets. Like many beetles, the titan beetle can emit a loud hissing sound when it is threatened.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/photos/10-of-the...

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