World’s Largest insect the size of a big Mouse
A nature-lover has revealed how he spent two days tracking down a giant insect on a remote New Zealand island – and got it to eat a carrot out of his hand.
Mark Moffett’s find is the world’s biggest insect in terms of weight, which at 71g is heavier than a sparrow and three times that of a mouse.
The 53-year-old former park ranger discovered the giant weta up a tree and his real life Bug’s Bunny has now been declared the largest ever found.
he giants of the species were wiped off the mainland by rats accidentally introduced by Europeans.
After Mark found the female weta he fed it the carrot before putting it back where he found her.
Mark, 53, 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 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.
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