Mark Moffett claims to have found the world's largest insect -- a giant weta, as big as three mice, and big enough to eat a carrot.
He found it in a tree, on a remote island in New Zealand. He fed it a carrot.
She enjoyed the carrot so much she seemed to ignore the fact she was resting on our hands and carried on munching away, said Moffett, in a press release. She would have finished the carrot very quickly, but this is an extremely endangered species and we didn't want to risk indigestion.
The giant weta lives on Little Barrier Island in New Zealand, and it weighs 71 grams. Moffett searched for the bug for two days, as he and two others walked trails scanning vegetation for the giant weta. Finally, he found it -- a big bug even for the large weta insects.
Moffett is an entomologist and explorer at the Smithsonian Institute. He fed the insect a carrot, and the video went viral. Some wonder if the bug is truly the world's biggest, however. Yet nobody is doubting the girth of the giant weta -- bigger than a sparrow and three times bigger than a mouse.
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, Moffett said.
After she had chewed a little I took this picture and we put her right back where we found her.' 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.
The giant weta was previously found on New Zealand's mainland, however rats, introduced by Europeans to the country, have reportedly all but eliminated the insect from the mainland. Thus, Moffett went in search of the giant weta on Little Barrier Island, searching for two days.