I would say that in the beginning insects would win because we don't have armory to protect against insect bites or attacks.

Then, scientists would make plasma guns and other weapons to kill insects from far. This way, humans will win even without good armory.

But if all countries join together and get lots of special ops soldiers and a gas which makes the insects unconscious, then we can build a huge fleet of human soldiers to match the numerical advantage that insects have.

Sangeetha Pulapaka

Starship troopers, a movie released in 1997 was based on this possibility. I do not know what the ending was, but I believe if they were larger than us, we would so not survive. Though they are small,  insect stings can cause many deadly diseases, as it is. Some of them are:

1.Bullet ant:

It is the largest of all ants in the world. They mostly found in rainforests of Nicaragua and Paraguay. Bullet ants named after their painful sting. After the bite victim would feel like being shot. In fact, the sting by a bullet ant is 30 times more painful than of a wasp or a honey bee.

The one-inch sized bullet ant also called as ’24-hour ant’ by locals. It is because one full day pain followed by its sting. Each bullet ant colonies contain hundreds of members. They usually make a nest at the base of large trees. Bullet ants also release unpleasant odor once they found any predator. If that trick didn’t drive the predators away, they would attack together with the powerful sting.

2.Bot fly:

The larvae of botflies are internal parasites of mammals. Unfortunately, the dangerous larvae also live beneath human’s skin and cause horrible effects. The human bot flies mostly found across Central and South America. ‘Myiasis’ known parasite infestation makes severe changes in skin tissues.

The young female bot flies laid eggs within the skin of mammals. The larvae penetrate through skin and lives in subdermal zones of human skin for more than 60 days. The patients could feel the movement of larvae beneath their skin. Once larvae development gets complete, it leaves out of the body.



Fleas are external parasites that suck blood from humans, birds, reptiles and wild and domestic animals. The fleas could cause itching spots on the skin of hosts. Fleas only have a size of the tip of a pen and reproduce very quickly. Every female flea lay 2000 eggs within their life span.

There are 2000 known species of flies in the world. Young fleas can consume the volume of blood that over 15 times their body weight. The flea bites on human body result in red bumps. They commonly found around waist, knees, and elbows. The bite of fleas are very itchy, and it may also lead to infection.

4.Fire Ants:

most dangerous insects

There are 285 different species of fire ants in the world. Once disturbed, they would sting the intruder repeatedly. The fire ant sting is very painful also. A white pustule caused by fire ant sting last for weeks. Their venom also would cause several skin problems. Fire ants usually attack in the group that contains ten to hundreds of ants. The venom also result in allergic reaction

5.Kissing Bug


Kissing bugs grow up by sucking the blood of vertebrates. Kissing bugs named after their habit of biting the lip of human while they sleep. They also transmit parasite called as Trypanosoma cruzi. The kissing bug disease or ‘changas’ kills 12000 people every year.

The changa disease is spread to animals and pets in the same way. The kissing bug bite results in instant changes within victim’s body such as welts and rashes.

6.Gaint Japanese Hornet:

japanese giant hornet



Giant Japanese hornet is the largest species of hornet in the world. They grow up to a size of 2 inches. Every year up to 40 deaths are recorded by the sting of Japanese hornet. The venom of Japanese Hornet would cause an allergic reaction and dissolve tissues within the short time. The repeated stinging from the group of Hornets could also result in death.

Japanese hornets are very aggressive and fearless. Each colony of Japanese Hornet contains up to 700 members. They feed on honey bee larvae to a significant amount. They have the power to finish up to 40 honey bees in a minute.

7.Tsetse flies:

tsetse fly


TseTse flies is a deadliest biting insect native to Africa. They mainly feed on the blood of vertebrates. The extreme dangerous insects inject potent toxin on each string. It is estimated that about half a million people lost their life by the attack of tsetse flies in Africa. At the primary stage, the venom of tsetse flies would make sleeping sickness on the victim. But it may lead to fatality without proper treatment.

8.Killer Bees:

killer bee


Killer bees also are known as Africanized honey bees. It is one of the very aggressive and dominant insects in the world. The group of killer bees follows the victim for more than 1 miles. They attacked in the group and made repetitive stinging.

The killer bees mainly target the face and eyes of humans. Their toxin is not so dangerous. But an attack by a group of killer bees could cause even death. They live within large colonies that contain more than 80000 members. Once they get disturbed, the bees become alerted for next 24 hours and would attack any animals or humans that come within their range.

9.Driver Ants:

driver ants

 Driver ant has the largest colony than any other insects in the world. Each colony of driver ants has members up to 22 million. Even elephants would run away from the group attack of driver ants. They try to finish off any animal that comes across their path.

Driver ants typically kill thousands of different animals within a single raid. They make repetitive wounds on animals and humans using their strong mandibles. Driver ants also raid nests of other insects for food and kill them



Mosquitoes are most dangerous insect species on Earth. This deadliest insect causes 1 million death every year by transmitting deadly malaria disease. Mosquitoes carry malaria germs from one place to another, and they spread germs into the blood of victim by biting. WHO estimated that in every 30 seconds a child dies due to malaria and 500 million cases of malaria reported every year.

Malaria is a blood transmitting disease. This disease won’t affect by contact with the sick person. It transmitted through parasites, mainly by bites of mosquitoes. In addition to malaria mosquitoes also spreads dengue fever, yellow fever, encephalitis and West Nile virus.

Vivekanand Vellanki

My take would be that humans would win hands down.

History has shown that whenever homo sapiens (humans) reached new land, within a few hundred years the large mammals in that new land became extinct. This has happened repeatedly in many places to cause people to believe there is a cause and effect relationship - humans land in a new place (e.g. Australia) and large mammals in that place become extinct in a few hundred years.

I would imagine the same would happen with insects. Given the intelligence and machines that humans possess today, they would destroy and kill giant insects in a war. Sure, there would be setbacks, but humans would learn quickly and figure out a way to destroy the giant insects.

Of course, if the insects were endowed with better intelligence, things can be totally different.