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#1 Jacki O.

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 03:54 PM

The largest ever recorded insect in the world is in New Zealand - click here to see more pics

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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 a tree on New Zealand's Little Barrier Island.

He spent two days searching for the creepy crawly which were thought to be extinct after Europeans brought rats to the island many years ago. American 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 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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Posted 01 December 2011 - 04:06 PM

You're gonna need a bigger boot.

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 04:33 PM

good lord, that is cool but scary
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Posted 01 December 2011 - 05:36 PM


His chirp probably sounds like an angry man chewing glass or something.
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Posted 02 December 2011 - 08:04 AM

FUCK that thing. Right in it's buggy eyeball.
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Take your time old man/These vultures are happy to wait

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 10:02 AM

It looks like a lobster, AKA delicious.
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Posted 02 December 2011 - 11:37 AM

If that thing lived in Arizona, it'd probably become the next deep-fried delicacy at the state fair.
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Posted 02 December 2011 - 12:37 PM

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 01:28 PM

this is an extremely endangered species and we didn't want to risk indigestion.

yea, because you don't want burps to kill your monster bug.

scarry mutha.
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Posted 10 December 2011 - 12:44 AM

Did any of the former record holders have any comment?
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Posted 10 December 2011 - 03:17 AM

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