I was playing some video games, and eventually came face to face against giant bugs. When I realised it's a very common trope which I keep seeing in many games, I jokingly told myself: "Giant bugs. Why did it have to be giant bugs?"
But then I wondered: which fictional work first brought up the concept of giant bugs to begin with?
Granted, giant bugs were a things a long time ago on Earth, but I'm asking for fictional works.
By "giant bugs", I mean the kind that is at least as big as an average healthy human-being, such as the antlions in Half-Life for example.