Weta

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Photo: Mark Moffett Big appetite: A scientist from America found the heaviest ever recorded giant weta on New Zealand's Little Barrier Island and fed her this carrot out of his hand.

Photo: Mark Moffett
Big appetite: A scientist from America found the heaviest ever recorded giant weta on New Zealand’s Little Barrier Island and fed her this carrot out of his hand.

World’s biggest insect is so huge it eats carrots

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Snails, then Ducks and now Wetas halt progress

The bush and its inhabitants deserve our concern and protection, but at the end of the day people in NZ should be able to work, eat and live in the country, even if according to Gaia we humans are a destructive species that should die out.

One of the last chances for jobs on the West Coast (a SAFE open-cast mine compared to underground mines) is now under attack because there is a possibility that a weta  might  be threatened.

Environmental lobby Forest & Bird says a new species of cave weta found on the West Coast’s Denniston Plateau is another piece of unique ecology which could be lost if an open-cast coal mine is built there.

Forest & Bird spokesperson Debs Martin said the new species of weta shows there is still more to learn about the ecological system on the plateau, and it’s not yet known what would happen to it if an open-cast mine is built.

Maybe it’s not yet known what will happen to the weta, but it is easy to say what will happen if this and other activity is banned just in case the weta doesn’t like it – the people of the West Coast will be on the bones of their backsides &/or the dole because there are no jobs.

Once again the Greenie wankers stop this country from progressing.

Face of the Day

The world’s biggest insect, according to some but average according to Landcare Research:

 

An American tourist has claimed he’s found the world’s biggest insect during a two-day hunt on Auckland’s Little Barrier Island – but the experts aren’t buying his tall tale.

Mark Moffett, a former park ranger from Colorado, found the Little Barrier giant weta up a tree and snapped it nibbling a carrot.

Moffett’s photos have been published on Britain’s¬†Daily Mail¬†and¬†Sun¬†news websites where he claims to have found the largest ever specimen.

“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,” he told the Daily Mail.

“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.”

The nocturnal creature, known as wetapunga or “god of ugly things”, is the largest sub-species of the giant weta, weighing the same as a small bird.

But 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.