By Beth Hanson
Entomologist and alumnus Mark Moffett’79 recently discovered what may be the world’s large insect, a female giant weta bug, on Little Barrier Island in New Zealand.
Moffett found the insect in a tree after a two-night search. Called a giant wetapunga, the insect has a wingspan of seven inches and can eat carrots. She weighs the equivalent of three mice.
Moffett won the 2008 Roy Chapman Andrews Distinguished Explorer Award, an annual award given in honor of one of Beloit’s most famous graduates, Roy Chapman Andrews (1906). His most recent book, “Adventures Among Ants” was also released in 2008.
Moffett has appeared several times on both “The Colbert Report” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Details of his work can be found here.
Sources: The Terrarium, The Telegraph