Bugs of Belize

Creepy Crawlies and flying bugs of Belize


Lucky us! We have 3 of the 4 most painful stinging insects in the world, living with us in Belize, according to the Schmidt sting pain index. The Bullet ant, Tarantula hawk and the Drumming wasp. (The other being the Japanese giant hornet, which can stay in Japan!). The good news is, none of our 3 stingers are aggressive and tend to mind their own business, if you mind yours.

At least in my case, scorpions are a far bigger problem, having been stung 4 times to date. Thankfully, each time has been less painful. As for spiders, really no worries there. I’m actually surprised at how few I see and when I do, they are harmless Orb weavers. Have only seen one tarantula in 5 years, though others will tell you they see many, however, they rarely sting.

The worst for most people are mosquitoes, sand flies and no-see-ums. Don’t ask me what a no-see-um is, I no-seen-um yet! Doctor flies are common and many people react quite badly to their bite, while others are not affected by them. Suffice it to say, there are many, many bugs in Belize. I’ve listed some of the most common/interesting/run for your life species.

Mexican red rump tarantula  Wolf spiderTropical orb weaver spider Centruroides gracilis scorpion Amblypygi Tarantula hawk Drumming wasp Doctor fly Trigona bee Cicada Katydid Short-horned grasshopper Roseate skimmer Band-winged dragonlet Aedes aegypti Harlequin longhorn beetle Kissing bug Elephant Beetle Bullet ant Botfly Giant Metallic Ceiba Borer