This extremely rare and endangered insect was found by Mark Moffett. It took him 2 days to find this Giant Weta. She was found on Little Barrier Island, in New Zealand. They are no longer on the main land as they were cleared out by rats brought in by the Europeans. Mark, a bug lover from Colorado, was excited to find this rare cricket-like creature. He was even more honored when it was declared the Largest Insect on Record, according to weight. The wing span is 7 inches.
The Largest Bug in the world is debatable. The Goliath Beetle, wing span 10 inches, and the White Witch Moth, wing span 12 inches, may scoff at this claim. But for now, the bug world and the news is eating up this story, and perhaps it is the Largest RECORDED bug in the world.
- Into the record bugs (thesun.co.uk)
- Meet the world’s heaviest insect, which weighs three times more than a mouse (dailymail.co.uk)
- I Like Big Bugs and I cannot Lie… (edibug.wordpress.com)