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Meet the world's heaviest insect.

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posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 02:58 PM
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QUICK, KILL IT WITH FIRE BEFORE IT GROWS OPPOSABLE THUMBS!!!




posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 02:58 PM
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Leaving size and scary concept of THAT "cute" thing flying, how did they convinced it to eat carrot from hand? Insects are timid creatures and tend to run from anything big enough. This one behaves like a pet.
I think that it is not two nights, but lots and lots of days and carrots love story.



posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 03:14 PM
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Originally posted by calnorak
If I saw that thing and it came near me, it would become friends with my shovel - I hate bugs


I'm glad you're nowhere near it then.

You do realise they're endangered?

Let go of your fears and stop blindly killing just because you're a scaredy cat. That's one of the human attributes I dislike the most.

I'm not much of a fan of spiders, but I don't go around killing them.

I'm not much of a fan of people, but I don't go around killing them.

another reason I don't like people is evident in some of the comments here, in the vein of " I wonder what it tastes like" It says a lot about a person when that is their first thought...along with the "I'll squash it" comments. bunch of ignoramii.

Weta are beautiful, amazing insects, with a long history and are rightfully considered a national treasure.

Department of conservation link

Weta (for children)

Giant weta can't fly

More on the Giant Weta
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All Weta are flightless


Weta look like large, flightless versions of their cousins the grasshoppers and crickets....The weta is more primitive than the tuatara and so old, it has outlived the dinosaurs! In fact, the weta has been around for nearly 200 MILLION YEARS! Although they are preyed upon by lizards, tuatara and moreporks, in the absence of efficient predators weta became large and flightless occupying niches similar to mice elsewhere in the world. The giant weta is even the same size as a mouse.



Yep, quite amazing!


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posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 03:25 PM
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BURN IT WITH FIRE - ITS A FREAKIN ALIEN!!!!


Now thats a Bug!!! Its actually 'meaty'



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posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 06:12 PM
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The WETA is an awesome critter... the largest I saw while living in UnZud was in the Musueum.. and this female was about 10 inches long.

One more thing about the Weta is that during their mating season the Female becomes aggressive and will bite.. the bite is equal to being stung by a large wasp and pains for some time afterwards.. I found that out when I was bitten by one near my front door.

Beautiful Beasties they are.



posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 06:42 PM
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I have to agree with some of the other people in this thread. He is really cute and I personally can not stand most bugs.
I absolutely detest flies and roaches but this thing is cool looking.



posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 06:48 PM
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That thing is huge and I bet it could make the biggest of men scream like school girls!

It actually kind of looks like a grasshopper or something. It seems friendly enough, if it lets people pick it up and what not.

Would I hold it? Depends how much you pay me.


Very cool though.



posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 06:54 PM
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finally, irrefutable, absolute proof of an alien life form.
just ain't no arguing with this evidence.
shouldn't this be in the ufo/alien branch?



posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 07:06 PM
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i found another pic of it.



posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 07:10 PM
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It's not a house centipede. Its ok by me! Very fascinating to look at...



posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 08:47 PM
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Originally posted by SmoKeyHaZe
Saw this article earlier..

It looks disgusting lol.

If it can eat a whole carrot, imagine what it would do to your finger.



Weta's are cool & the giant Weta is predominantly Vegan



posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 09:03 PM
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Meet the world's heaviest insect.




Nice to meet you!!
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posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 09:26 PM
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What a beastly juggernaut lookin' bug. The cerci looks like a giant stinger, even though it is not. Imagine a swarm of those crawling through your crops.


I thought the heteropteryx may have been the heaviest:

Just make sure the Weta doesn't run out of carrots

More giant bugs *

Peace,
spec
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posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 09:35 PM
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That insect on a nice buttery whole wheat bread....yummm!!! All joke aside, DAMN!!!! That's a huge .... insect! Good thing is a family of a grasshopper!



posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 09:43 PM
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It looks like maybe a second cousin to a common cricket, or maybe a cricket mole from the US. It'd make great fishbait if you're able to find a fish big enough to take it.



posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 09:45 PM
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so nasty



posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 09:51 PM
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looks like a giant cave cricket

2nd line



posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 09:53 PM
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reply to post by tarifa37
 


This is cool, i live in New Zealand and have seen a few of these before.

The first time i was scared to death! ( i was only 6 or 7 at the time)
It was in the porch, and it was damn ugly!!! This thing is farr from cute!
Nature is cool but i still grose out everytime i see one and i didn't know they ate carrots lol.
Anyway they're still on my list of creepy crawly's to stay away from along side
Cockroaches,Snakes, and Spiders

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posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 09:59 PM
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I would probably die of abject terror if I saw that thing. No kidding. That would be horrifying. I'm not normal that freaked out by bugs, but good lord.



posted on Dec, 1 2011 @ 10:54 PM
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Cuuuute!!!!
I want one as a pet!




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