Like a good scare? Then you should book a trip to Latin America, where the insects and bugs look like something straight out of a horror movie. Here are some of the most terrifying and dangerous bugs you are guaranteed to encounter south of the border. Enjoy…
Warning: Some of these images are graphic and may not be for everybody.
1. The Botfly
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Doesn’t look THAT big, does it?
Look at how HUGE botfly larvae become.
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Oh, and this thing likes to lay its larvae in living things… like people.
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And small animals like cats, squirrels, and rabbits. The larvae can potentially kill a small animal if it goes unchecked.
Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.
2. The Brazilian Wandering Spider
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These little, eight-legged abominations are among the most poisonous spiders in the world.
They have a nasty habit of hitching rides all over the world on bananas.
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Make sure you check your groceries thoroughly before purchasing.
3. The Bullet Ant
Paraponera Clavata aka "Bullet Ant" || #nope The pain caused by this insect's sting is purported to be greater than that of any otherhymenopteran, and is ranked as the most painful according to the Schmidt sting pain index, given a "4+" rating, above the tarantula hawk wasp and, according to some victims, equal to being shot, hence the name of the insect. It is described as causing "waves of burning, throbbing, all-consuming pain that continues unabated for up to 24 hours". -Wikipedia
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These painful shits can grow up to 2 centimeters long.
And their name comes for the horrible pain they inflict when they sting their victim.
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The pain lasts up to 24 hours and is said to feel like you have been shot.
4. The Cave Spider
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Different variations of this spider are found all over the world. But the most impressive one is found in none other than Peru.
They won’t kill or hurt humans, but who wants to run face first into this?
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Probably best to have a broom handy next time you’re in Lima.
Just saying. Safety first.
5. The Kissing Bug
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These used to be Latin America’s problem until they decided to make their way from Mexico to Texas.
After it bites, which it does while you sleep, it takes a dump right by the wound.
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When the victim scratches, the poop goes in the wound and causes Chagas disease, which can be fatal.
Oh. The disease is really hard to detect until it is almost to late.
It’s OK, girl.
6. The Goliath Birdeater
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I think the picture above says it all. ?
In Guyana, you may encounter one the size of a puppy. A PUPPY!
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They eat birds, mice, large bugs…basically anything they can grab and shove their fangs into.
Is that something crawling up my back or am I just scared?
7. The Lonomia Obliqua
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Beautiful. Want to touch it?
Their bristles are packed with a deadly venom, so you probably don’t want to touch it.
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If you are in southern Brazil, watch out. They have caused a few deaths there.
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Yeah. They’re not so cute anymore, are they?