This Is The Largest Insect In The World

This Is The Largest Insect In The World

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You thought cockroaches are gross? Take a look at this “little” critter… the giant insect you see in these pictures is the largest in the world, and it’s so big, that it can eat a carrot like a regular Bugs Bunny. 53 year-old Mark Moffett found the huge creature well hidden, in a tree on Little Barrier Island, in New Zealand. The giant weta weighs the equivalent of three mice, and it has a wingspan of seven inches. The scientist picked her up with amazement and fed her a carrot, which she would’ve practically devoured if the humans hadn’t been so very concerned with the insect’s indigestion.

When asked about this endangered species of female weta, Mark had this to say:
We spent many hours with no luck finding any at all, before we saw her up in a tree.

“The giant weta is the largest insect in the world, and this is the biggest one ever found, she weighs the equivalent to three mice. She enjoyed the carrot so much she seemed to ignore the fact she was resting on our hands and carried on munching away. She would have finished the carrot very quickly, but this is an extremely endangered species and we didn’t want to risk indigestion. After she had chewed a little I took this picture and we put her right back where we found her.”

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Written with love and coolness by on December 5, 2011 in World's Biggest Things
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