One Big Cricket!

Posted: December 4th, 2011 in animals, biology, Forteana, life science, nature
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Giant Weta.

Rather large, this cricket, eh? … Or, this weta, to be precise.

This thing weighs more than a sparrow, three times more than a mouse… and eats carrots, whole ones I bet.

While not exactly cryptozoology as wetas are already well known, it was not, it seems, known that they get this big.

This story has been all over the net and I am willing to bet that you have seen this story in the last few days. Sorry if you have, this is for those who have not clapped eyes on this ginormous bugger. I saw it a couple of days ago and naturally am just getting a round tuit here.

I do dig large critters of any stripe, (my good friend Willy will surely attest to my twisted fear of stepping out of my time machine (Oh, Jeez, I wasn’t supposed to mention that thing) only to come face to face with a 9-foot eurypterid… (they had those back then, you know)… frikken shivers, man…) crickets included, so here we go…

From the Daily Mail:

A nature-lover has revealed how he spent two days tracking down a giant insect on a remote New Zealand island – and got it to eat a carrot out of his hand.

Mark Moffett’s find is the world’s biggest insect in terms of weight, which at 71g is heavier than a sparrow and three times that of a mouse.

The 53-year-old former park ranger discovered the giant weta up a tree and his real life Bug’s Bunny has now been declared the largest ever found.

He came across the cricket-like creature, which has a wing span of seven inches, after two days of searching on a tiny island.

The creepy crawly is only found on Little Barrier Island, in New Zealand, although there are 70 other types of smaller weta found throughout the country.

Read more:

World's heaviest insect.

Just look at this thing! Fantastic!

You can learn even more about this fella by reading this discussion thread. I wonder if it is omnivorous… yeesh… nah, couldn’t be…


Okay, I could not resist adding this… from the inimitable davespanners…

Snowmen everywhere are in big trouble.

This is bad news for snowmen everywhere


  1. Regan Lee says:

    Pretty amazing! I had posted about this at AF. (I couldn’t abide the person eating the thing though — just gratuitious.)

    • iggymak says:

      Innit? I think so too. Didja? Cool! Gosh I’ve not visited almost anywhere in a long time, been rebuilding this machine… I’ll check it out! You readers check it out, too, Regan’s blogs are great!

  2. Anthony says:

    Holey Mackerel!!! Any bigger and it won’t be eating the carrot…it will be eating the hand. :-O

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