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World's Largest Insect Photographed

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New Zealand is home to the giant weta, a cricket-like monster insect.

Its wingspan is close to 7 inches!

So icky!!

World renowned entomologist (bug studier) Mark Moffett, found the bug after two days for searching an island off the coast of New Zealand.

They used to be all over the mainland but Europeans introduced rats that pretty much killed them.

So when he found the bug, instead of running away screaming like he should have, he let it crawl onto his hand and fed it a carrot.

He said:

"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."

Moffett, who said the bug weighed as much as three mice (gross) quickly let it go after the picture was taken.

Check out his photo with the creature HERE.

[Image via New Zealand Department of Conservation.]

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