New Zealand has been removed from my bucket list!

Posted by: Nana

New Zealand has been removed from my bucket list! - 08/12/13 12:29 PM

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlif...ts-carrots.html

World's biggest insect is so huge it eats carrots


Adventurer Mark Moffett has found the world's biggest insect - which is so huge it can eat carrots.

Mark Moffett found the cricket-like creature, which weighs a staggering 71 grams


Former park ranger Mark, 53, 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.
The species were wiped off the mainland by rats accidentally introduced by Europeans.

After Mark found the female weta he fed it the carrot before putting it back where he found her.

Mark, 53, said: "Three of us walked the trails of this small island for two nights scanning the vegetation for a giant weta.

"We spent many hours with no luck finding any at all, before we saw her up in a tree.

"The giant weta is the largest insect in the world, and this is the biggest one ever found, she weighs the equivalent to three mice.

"She enjoyed the carrot so much she seemed to ignore the fact she was resting on our hands and carried on munching away.

"She would have finished the carrot very quickly, but this is an extremely endangered species and we didn't want to risk indigestion.

"After she had chewed a little I took this picture and we put her right back where we found her."

Mark, from Colorado, America, added: "We bug lovers hear a lot of people who think insects are inferior in some way because of their size, so it was great to see such a big insect.

"This became all the more amazing when we realized that this was the largest insect recorded."
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Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: New Zealand has been removed from my bucket list! - 08/12/13 12:34 PM

Those are good with some Tabasco.
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: New Zealand has been removed from my bucket list! - 08/12/13 12:36 PM

URL addy is dead.
Posted by: Jim_

Re: New Zealand has been removed from my bucket list! - 08/12/13 12:58 PM

Originally Posted By: NucleusG4
URL addy is dead.
Fixed.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: New Zealand has been removed from my bucket list! - 08/12/13 02:46 PM



Just keep repeating to yourself;
"BUGZ R CUTE!, BUGZ R CUTE!"
Posted by: Pirate

Re: New Zealand has been removed from my bucket list! - 08/12/13 05:07 PM

Topics like this one just bugs me to death
Posted by: Celandine

Re: New Zealand has been removed from my bucket list! - 08/12/13 05:30 PM


While one has to appreciate the fact that these "bugs"
were walking the earth @ the same time dinosaurs
were roaming both Australia & New Zealand...

...but when I read statements such as...
"The Wetas were killed-out on the Mainland (Australia)
by the accidental introduction of Rats."

even I gotta'
Posted by: Celandine

Re: New Zealand has been removed from my bucket list! - 08/12/13 10:59 PM


...only a mother could love...

Posted by: musicalmarv7

Re: New Zealand has been removed from my bucket list! - 08/13/13 03:40 AM

Another Henny Youngman.
Posted by: Nana

Re: New Zealand has been removed from my bucket list! - 08/13/13 10:33 AM

When I watch those dinosaur series on The History Channel or the Discovery Channel, I always cringe when they do the giant insect era. Especially when they show those prehistoric centipedes, spiders & dragon flies.

I don't remember seeing any prehistoric butterflies.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: New Zealand has been removed from my bucket list! - 08/13/13 06:23 PM

One of the reasons is that Complex Metamorphosis
hadn't evolved yet. Lots of insects hatch from
eggs as tiny versions of what they will eventually
become. Being that they have their skeleton on
the outside (exoskeleton) that doesn't grow by
cell division, but rather splits open when outgrown
to reveal another shell inside that the insect then
grows into (and often out grows several time during
their development (called Instars).
Higher forms of insects change , metamorphosis)
through dramatically different stages, like the
difference between a caterpillar and a butterfly,
accomplished during a pupal stage wherein the
entire mass of the insect beaks down and rearranges
to emerge as what appears to be an entirely different
insect.

Another reason for the later appearance of insects
that depend upon flowers (pollen or nectar)for food
is that flowering plants had also hadn't evolved yet.

Like you
(and any normal human being)
"BUGZ" gave me the heebie-jeebies too, to the point
where I couldn't bring myself to even touch the
pages of books that were covered by pictures of
insects... I used to grab the page by the extreme
corner and flip it over (hoping there weren't more
on the next page! eek )

I didn't get used to insects until working in the
County Gardening Hot-Line Office... where people
would always be handing me insects (both dead and
alive) for me to identify, and instruct them upon
HOW-TO kill the lil' buggers. shocked

One reason I didn't like them was because I thought
they'd BREAK as soon as I touched them, and all this
ickie green stuff would come oozing out! sick

Turns out that they're far more robust than one would
imaging ...given their size, and could withstand a
good deal of handling...

Wait.. Ah.. now I remember... MY HUSBAND (r.i.p.)
was an science buff (later to become a chemistry
professor 'til the day he died) anyway, he had a
childhood interest in entomology, and was forever
grabbing bugs to examine... then he'd inevitably
tell me to, "Hold out your hand" smile "NO!!!!" cry
and he'd always say the same thing.. "Go ahead,
let it walk onto your hand... it couldn't hurt you
even if it wanted to." smile

So yeah, it took a bit of exposure, but I got used
to it. lol NEVER thought I'd be allowing caterpillars
to walk all over me while I cleaned their enclosures,
let alone foraging for their food plants and feeding
them several times a day for weeks at a time.