Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and we are beholding these insects to be UGLY.

If you finally conquered your extreme phobia of the outdoors, maybe don't read this. If you secretly like to be disturbed and look at things that will suddenly pop into your head a few weeks later and give you the shivers, by all means, please check out these incredibly ugly insects.

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    Devil's Flower Mantis

    Can you imagine, going for a stroll and thinking 'gee, what's this piece of savoy cabbage doing on a tree branch' and then it's THIS INSTEAD?!!! AAAAH!

    On the bright side, thanks to their extremely long legs, they're only five inches big...just kidding, that is enormous. Now if you don't mind, we have to go not sleep ever again.

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    Giant Water Bug

    If you ever see a giant water bug walking around with a bunch of tiny balls on its back, rest easy — those are just eggs to make more of these terrifying nightmares! But hey, giant water bugs can eat fish AND small snakes, so it's totally okay if you just peed your pants right now.

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    Brazilian Treehopper

    r/Weird, Imgur
    r/Weird, Imgur

    This "unique"-looking (read: horrifying) thorn bug has a helicopter blade-styled assortment of thorns with dangling spheres mounted above its alien-like head. HAHAHA, NBD, just a bunch of dangling thorn spheres, you guys.

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    soebe, Wiki Commons
    soebe, Wiki Commons

    Scorpionflies look like what their name suggests: flies with scorpion-shaped bodies. These tails aren’t stingers at all, but rather extra-large genitalia. So... that's...less disturbing, right?

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    Goliath Beetle

    This huge beetle is one of the largest bugs in existence. Males can be up to 4.3 inches long, which would cover a pretty large amount of your face if one ever crawled across it. Just saying.

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    Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar

    The Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar is fairly unattractive as far as caterpillars go, and it’s also incredibly poisonous, hoooray!! It eats poisonous plants for fun! After its metamorphosis, it turns into an exceptionally majestic looking butterfly. But don't forget the poison.

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    Giant Hissing Cockroach

    Most people find cockroaches absolutely disgusting, and kill them every chance they get. (EXCEPTION.)

    Oddly enough, there are tons of people out there who keep these bugs as pets. Don't be surprised if these people also try to make you play beer pong and listen to Sublime. Scary stuff.

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    Giant Weta


    The giant weta, found in New Zealand, is basically a massive cricket. Fun! The giant weta outweighs a typical mouse by several times, which means you could conceivably make the two creatures fight and then wonder what you're doing with your life. Yikes!

    In case you're wondering, yes, Peter Jackson named his special effects company, Weta Digital, after these nasty things. What do you expect? The guy made 'Bad Taste,' after all.

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    European Earwig


    The European earwig can be found in Europe, and on several other contents as well, so don't go not having earwig nightmares just yet. Contrary to popular belief, they can’t (and don’t have the ability to) enter a person’s ear canal and lay their eggs. They can, however, spray out a nasty smelling liquid for self-defense, so they've got that going for them, which is (not) nice.

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    Giant Prickly Stick Insect

    Frank C. Müller, Wiki Commons
    Frank C. Müller, Wiki Commons

    These huge, brown insects are experts at camouflage, so chances are if you go for a hike in Australia, you could walk right by one and be none the wiser. We're not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. BONUS: they're covered in thorny barbs, and the males can fly! HAHAHAHAA nature is terrifying. Let's not even talk about the ocean.

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