This amazing/disturbing picture is of a giant weta, the world's biggest insect at a whopping 71 grams in weight. Wetas are cricket- or grasshopper-like insects native to the smaller islands of New Zealand, having been eradicated from the larger islands due to recently-introduced rats and other mammals. It's been officially named as the heaviest adult insect in the world (though some insects, like the Goliath beetle, attain higher weights in their larval stages).
The pictured giant weta is more specifically a wetapunga (you are encouraged to pronounce this "wetapunga!"), or a Little Barrier Island weta, named for the small island on which it is found. This particular specimen was found by adventurer Mark Moffett, who was somehow able to overcome the terror of seeing a bunny-sized bug.
[via The Telegraph]
"Honey, I got the kids a new pet!"
world hunger solved. The nutrient/calorie ratio of this bugger must be through the roof!
You gotta watch them - they can carry off small children...
... district 9...
bored? lets go mine the stars... ^^
d'awww it's so cute!
to mars or bust!
I wonder how smart the bug is, but it doesn't really care: nom nom nom.
I wonder if Bear Grylls has eaten that thing yet? "lots of tasty (not) vitamins and protein". Lol
the future is happening so fast that it is now.
First, that would have to be the first bug I would have used both feet to stomp on(minus camel spiders)... then peta would have been on my A##. Second I hope grasshoppers don't chirp.....
thats a seriously cute bug.....
I feel like their's something crawling on me right now.
According to Landcare Research New Zealand this isn't the largest. From a New Zealand News site www.stuff.co.nz/oddstuff/6076325/Whopping-weta-wows-the-world
"Landcare Research entomologist Dr Thomas Buckley says, based on Moffett's photos, the weta's size looks about average for its species.
"The species itself is the heaviest in the world but whether that individual is the heaviest you couldn't really say.
"From the picture it's a female, but it just looks like an average sized one of that species."
The largest ever recorded weighed 71 grams - larger than the average sparrow."
really nobody else thinking world hunger solved?
arent cockroaches supposed to be nuclear resistant..
imagine these buggars..
Mama Mia O_O thats a' big'a bug!
Mmmm, looks tasty! Honey, turn on the skillet, we got some cricket fries tonight!!! Yummy!
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I bet the person holding the weta\cricket is happy to be also holding a carrot. I feel sad for the person, when the carrot is gone and that finger looks really really good!
i think they meant that that species' adults are the largest, not that partucular member of the species.
but more importantly, WHERE CAN I GET ONE???????
i can just see them being popular enough for them to catch on. imagine being one of those people that carries your pet with you everywhere. how would you carry a weta? on your shoulder, like a parrot? in a tote, like a small dog? wear it like a hat? i dont know, but the parrot option seems the least probable. imagine if it decided to nibble your ear like parrots do. lol.
@WillSpaceGeek, camel spiders are actually not as large as people think thanks to that one close up photo that makes them look huge.
This think just needs a green jacket and red umbrella and top hat!
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