Giant Weta: World’s biggest insect found in New Zealand, eats carrots (Photo)

By on Dec 3, 2011 in Amazing, Animals, Science, World Comments

An entomologist reportedly found on what could be the world’s biggest insect, known as the Giant Weta, which was seen in New Zealand, as shown in the photo below.


World’s biggest insect (Click Image To Enlarge)
Image Credit: Mark Moffett/Minden/Solent

According to Daily Mail on Friday, December 2, 2011, American entomologist Mark Moffett found the biggest insect in the world, two days of searching New Zealand’s Little Barrier Island.

As noted in the report, the giant weta is also the heaviest insect in the world at 71 g, heavier than a sparrow and nearly three times that of a mouse, and eats carrots for its appetite.

Moffett, 53, from Colorado and a former park ranger, reportedly found the world’s largest insect, known to be a female weta, up in a tree; with the cricket-like creature notably has a wing span of seven inches.

“Three of us walked the trails of this small island for two nights scanning the vegetation for a giant weta.” Mark Moffett was quoted on the report, noting that this is the biggest insect 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.” Moffett added; stressing out that it took several hours before they found it.

“She would have finished the carrot very quickly, but this is an extremely endangered species and we didn’t want to risk indigestion.” He explained further, who said he returned the giant insect to where he found it after taking picture of it.

Giant Weta, world’s largest insect and was found in New Zealand
Image Credit: Mark Moffett/Minden/Solent

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