News

Alumnus Discovers Possibly the World’s Largest Insect

IMAGE BY ERIK MAGNUSON

By Beth Hanson
NEWS EDITOR

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

Advertisements

Discussion

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: