Congratulations Fatty: The World's Heaviest Insect

December 1, 2011


Because you're a commenter on the internet, I should probably already assume you're an expert on everything and have known the giant weta of New Zealand is the world's heaviest insect for quite some time. "It's true, we used to catch them on family vacation." YOU ARE A DIRTY LIAR! Anyway, this is the world's heaviest giant weta, recently discovered on New Zealand's Small Barrier Island. *adds to the long list of things I don't want trying to crawl into my ass at night*

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 [~2.5oz] 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.

Good lord. You think Jiminy Cricket has ever had dreams of being transported to an Amazonian island where all the ladies are this big? Because in my mind he has. Plus sawed Pinochio's nose off to give them the loving they deserve. You kinky, Jiminy!

One more shot after the jump.


Meet the world's heaviest insect, which weighs three times more than a mouse... and eats carrots [dailymail]

Thanks to my_density, who I was obviously meant to be with.

  • Grace Washington

    Dude that thing is huge! It looks like a giant version of the crickets I feed my gecko!

  • Hamish Fox

    Unfortunately you don't see many weta on the mainland because the fucking cats eat them all. Pukeko and takahea too. Imagine how wicked it would be to have them all over the place, but instead fucking honkies had to bring cats with them.

  • Actually, there were much larger insects at the time of dinosaurs... MUCH bigger. Although I never met one face to face. 8-)

  • *thinks about stepping on bug*

  • RDarker

    Future food source for the world.

  • Think about the mess that will make stepping on it. Ewww!

  • BabyMongoloid

    My cat would like to be friends with this

  • Guest

    It's actually kind of adorable. I bet due to it's hardy size, it may also have a long-life span.

  • as asif


  • not a stinger, an ovipositor.

  • I hope he brought home a mate for it. 

  • Welp, no more falling asleep with my wiener out.

  • osteenq

    That's both cool and absolutely f-cking horrifying.

  • a w

    It's true, we used to catch them on family vacation.

  • I guess you've never heard of the Goliath Beetle.

  • Julio Juarez

    Imagine finding that in your bed when you wake up.

  • Charlie Rogers

    "Little Barrier Island" not "Small Barrier Island."
    Their smaller relative - the common weta - are pretty widespread in NZ, often find them on trees and bushes. Look the same, just smaller.

  • Omfg that thing is scary as shit! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jeremy Tilton

    "...heavier than a sparrow and three times that of a mouse..."

    But is it heavier than an unladen swallow?

  • CanuckCutie

    African or European?

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