When it comes to determining which country is home to the most devastating types of insect pests, even experts would have a hard time finding an objective answer to this question. There exists dangerous and/or damaging insect pets in every country, but some countries are undoubtedly more populated with undesirable creepy-crawlies than others. Australia is well known for the many dangerous and bizarre looking forms of native insect life, but there are some countries that are more densely populated with dangerous insect pests. Australia contains wide open spaces that have not yet become inhabited by humans. This allows for the human and insect populations to remain relatively isolated from one another. The island country of Japan, however, is home to numerous forms of dangerous and even deadly forms of insect life. Considering Japan’s relatively small size along with the multitude of native insect pests, this country can be considered one of the most insect pest-populated countries in the world.


Although not technically an insect, the aptly named giant centipede is one of the most terrifying arthropods in existence. The giant centipede is known in its native Japan as mukade, and it is referred to in Japanese folklore as a source of evil that can only be killed by fire. These hideous arthropods are not pleasant to look at as they commonly reach a full fifteen inches in length–imagine finding one of these in your shower. A bite from this creature usually won’t kill a person, but they are poisonous, and their bites cause excruciating pain. Medical attention is essential after sustaining a bite from one of these centipedes.


Another example of a dangerous arthropod that is native to Japan is the Japanese giant hornet. In their native Japan these insects are referred to as oosusumebachi, which translates to “giant sparrow bee”. This is an understandable moniker considering how huge these hornets become. These hornets can spray a flesh-melting substance into a human’s eyes if they become really angry. These hornets can send pheromones back to their colonies in order to gather extra help while stinging a person or an animal to death. And don’t think that you can outrun these giant wasps as they travel distances that equal fifty miles every day. If you should ever find yourself near a swarm of Japanese giant hornets, then be somewhere else!


Have you ever visited a national park in Japan? If so, did you spot any exotic and interesting looking insect species that you remember?


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