World’s Heaviest Insect: Giant Weta


Entomologist and photojournalist Mark Moffett has found the world’s biggest bug on New Zealand’s Little Barrier Island. The insect has a wing span of around 18 centimeters (7 inches) and at 71g (2.5 grams)  is heavier than a sparrow and three times that of a mouse. The creature was thought to be extinct after European settlers brought rats to New Zealand.

After Moffett found the female weta, he fed it a carrot before putting it back where he found her. “She enjoyed the carrot so much she seemed to ignore the fact she was resting on our hands and carried on munching away.” (