7 Scary Insects That Will Give You Nightmares

Published May 15, 2014
Updated January 30, 2019

Cockroaches, caterpillars and blood-sucking bugs that live in your bed -- these seven creepy insects are guaranteed to give you nightmares.

From the bug that’s named for the specific human body part it likes to bite to the bug that’s bigger than your hand, we’ve compiled the freakiest insects nature has to offer.

Be warned: these seven creepy insects are sure to make your skin crawl–in one case, literally.


First up: A bug. With horns. Honest-to-goodness horns…

Elephant Beetle

Creepy Insects Elephant Beetles

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The elephant beetle is a type of neotropical rhinoceros beetle that can grow to an average of 2.5 to 5 inches long (male elephant beetles grow up to three times the size of their female counterparts). While these beetles are relatively harmless, their size is jarring, especially when compared to a human.

Elephant beetles live in warm environments and help the earth by eating rotten food and materials. Male elephant beetles grow horns so that they can battle amongst one another for the best mate. This creepy beetle species lives a short life, usually only a few months long. These massive bugs are most terrifying when their wings are spread out to their full wingspan. Check it out in this video:


Next up: Is it more terrifying that this bug has fur or that the fur isn’t even really fur…

Kiri Picone
Kiri Picone holds a B.A. in English and creative writing from Pepperdine University and has been writing for various digital publishers for more than 10 years.
Katie Serena
A former staff writer at All That's Interesting, Katie Serena has also published work in Salon.
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Picone, Kiri. "7 Scary Insects That Will Give You Nightmares." AllThatsInteresting.com, May 15, 2014, https://allthatsinteresting.com/insects. Accessed April 23, 2024.