20 Most Terrifying Horrifying and Scary Insects of India

Indian biodiversity is home to a different kinds of insects,arthropod, spiders,Bugs and flying insects. The most common insects in India also includes Common black cricket,Mole Cricket,Dung beetle,stink and shield bugs,termite and firefly insect. Some of these small but dangerous insects have ability to kill human using their sharp sting,bite and venom.

Red Ant


There are thousands of different ant species found in India,one of the most common small red ants which are dangerous to humans and pets. Ants occupy a great variety of habitats found in great numbers in gardens and farm land all over India.

Paper Wasp


There are so many dangerous flying insects in India who carry venom and more painful bites using there sting. Paper wasp,red wasp, yellow wasp and black wasp are few species of wasp found in the country and they are the most common social wasp in India.



Mosquitoes are known as one of the most dangerous flying insect and responsible for prominent diseases of malaria, dengue and chikungunya. Nuisance mosquitoes bother people around homes or in parks and recreational areas.

Honey Bees


Indian honeybee is one of the predominant bees of India, usually found in tree hollows, abandoned house and man-made structures. Some of the common types of Honey Bee found in India are Rock bee,Little bee and Indian Bee.




The list of spiders found in India are Tiger Spider,Tarantula,Signature orb-weaver spiders,giant wood spider,biting spiders and fishing spiders. 


There are few cases of giant venomous spiders attack in Northeastern India, 2 people dead after swarms of venomous spiders in North East India.

Carpenter Ant


Carpenter ants species reside both outdoors,indoors and many forested parts of the world. This is the most familiar species associated with human habitation especially in the spring or fall.



Centipedes are one of the most terrifying insects in India, found almost every where from open grassland to bathroom in homes. They are found in an array of terrestrial habitats, Giant tiger centipede is one of the largest centipede in India.


Indian_black _scorpion

Indian red scorpion and giant black Indian Scorpions are two of the most dangerous species of scorpions known to man in India. Hottentotta tamulus or the Indian red scorpion is rated among the most lethal scorpion species in the world.


Cockroaches pose a major threat to households and about 30 species are associated with human habitats. Cockroaches are among the most common of insects found in India.

Water Bug


Indian toe-biter is also known as Giant water bug is an aquatic predator that is also capable of flying. Giant water bugs are a popular food in some of the Indian states and typically found in freshwater streams,paddy field and ponds.

There are other species of insect, bug and beetle found in water apart from water bug like water beetle and water scorpion.



Caterpillar are larvae of many moth species and responsible for damage to fruits and other agricultural products in India.


There are various species of caterpillar used as sources of silk, human or animal food and for biological control of pest plants.


Leaf Insect


Insect is one of several insect species that looks like a leaf found mainly in tropical areas of India. Phyllium giganteum is a very wide and large leaf insect mainly eats mango, guava and berries.


Earthworms are generally used in India for fishing,vermicomposting and Perionyx excavatus. Lampito mauritii is the widely distributed earthworm in India,commonly found living in soil.

Praying Mantis


Praying Mantis is a large insect named because of its front legs, which are bent like the position of prayer. This beautiful insect can be kept as a pet and its an amazing predator of the nature and wild.



There are so many different species of millipedes found in India and Xenobolus carnifex is one millipede species found in South India. Most common millipedes are found during monsoon season such as Black and Yellow Flat Millepede,Rayappa Kasi Millipedes and giant Indian millipede.

Giant Hornet


Asian Giant Hornet is found throughout Eastern Asia including India and known to be the the world’s largest hornet. They live in low mountains and forests and known as the killer hornet because of they injects large amount of potent venom.



The cicada is a large-bodied transparent wings flying insect, probably best known for their buzzing and clicking noises. Cicadas are the vuvuzelas of the insect world.

Stick Insect

Indian stick insect are nocturnal species of Phasmatodea feed on fresh privet, ivy or bramble. This laboratory stick insect is often kept by schools and individuals as pets.

Mupli Beetle

Mupli beetle is commonly known as Mupli vandu found in the Western Ghats in southern India. They are usually harmless to humans but they produce a phenolic secretion that causes skin burns.

Painted Grasshopper

Painted Grasshopper

The Painted Grasshopper is the largest brightly colored grasshopper found in India, generally feeds on the poisonous plant,papaya leaf and Indian Jujube leaf. Painted Grasshopper is one of the most commonly seen grasshopper in India.





Katydids or bush crickets are very common in India, known for common shapes and colors similar to leaves and exhibit mimicry and camouflage.

Mango Stem Borer (Batocera rufomaculata)


Mango Stem Borer is one of the giant species of beetle found in India, Nepal and Malaysia.

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