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December 2, 2011

World's biggest insect could bite off your finger

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From The Sun:

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An explorer has found the biggest insect ever on record — so large it can scoff a carrot.

She's called a Weta bug and has a huge wing span of seven inches and weighs as much as three mice.

Former park ranger Mark Moffett, 55, discovered the cricket-like creature up in a tree on New Zealand's Little Barrier Island.

He spent two days searching for the creepy crawly which was thought to be extinct after Europeans brought rats to the island many years ago.

American Mark said, "Three of us walked the trails of this small island for two nights scanning the vegetation for a giant Weta."

"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 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."

Mark, from Colorado, added: "We bug lovers hear a lot of people who think insects are inferior in some way because of their size, so it was great to see such a big insect.

"This became all the more amazing when we realised that this was the largest insect recorded."

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[via io9 and Brian Williford/@ohmybrain]

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OMG!

Posted by: rob | Dec 2, 2011 9:20:07 PM

Answer to the question: Why will Becs not go to New Zealand?

Posted by: Becs | Dec 2, 2011 5:48:20 PM

oh my gosh,

not being a bug doctor i would have fled the island after seeing this monster. if the bugs are this size just imagine how large the snakes and crocs are there! of course, the bugs were huge in the Pennsylvanian Period (~320-285 million years ago) as well, with dragonflies having wingspans of up to 75 cm.

Posted by: weird | Dec 2, 2011 11:28:51 AM

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