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Old 08-15-2013, 12:19 PM
 
Location: mainland but born oahu
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Oh absolutely!!!!! Nasty!!!!!!

I hate the following bugs

This has to be the ugliest bug ever
Wth is it? freaky looking ya.
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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Wth is it? freaky looking ya.
Those bugs are nasty looking. eeewww
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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I think it's pretty marvelous actually.

~Katy
Yeah.......NO. Anything insect-like that is that large will NEVER EVER be sitting on my hand eating a freakin carrot. I am a nature lover, and animal lover, I can appreciate the intricate beauty of a snake or a spider. Even though I am terrified of them--spiders anyway.

But that thing is just.....wrong.
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Deepest Darkest NZ
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Giant Wetas can also make a kind of purring noise when they are happy. I love 'em, they are gentle giants, they do not bite humans and they do not attack anything other than vegetation. Unlike their (much) smaller tree Weta brethren which will bite humans.
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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Giant Wetas can also make a kind of purring noise when they are happy.
<Shudder>
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Darn I thought I was going to see a picture of someone's teenage kid LOL J/K

Seriously that thing is disgusting to look at (but insects creep me out), on the other hand I can appreciate coolness of finding something like that!
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Deepest Darkest NZ
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I am really quite fond of the Giant Wetas! Herewith some interesting facts;

The 11 species of giant weta (Deinacrida spp.), most significantly larger than other weta, are themselves large by insect standards. They are heavy insects with a body length of up to 100 mm (4 in) excluding their lengthy legs and antennae, and weigh about 20–30 g. A captive giant weta (Deinacrida heteracantha) filled with eggs reached a record 70 g, making it one of the heaviest documented insects in the world and heavier than a sparrow. The largest species of giant weta is the Little Barrier Island weta, also known as the wetapunga. Giant weta tend to be less social and more passive than other weta. They are classified in the genus Deinacrida, which is Greek for "terrible grasshopper". They are found primarily on small islands off the coast of the main islands, and are examples of island gigantism.



Poor Knights Islands Giant Weta

'Wetapunga' has been translated from the Maori to mean, 'God of ugly things.' There are also Tree wetas, (Image: Male Wellington Tree Weta)

Ground wetas

Tusked Wetas

and Cave Wetas (which are technically not Wetas at all but a species of cave cricket.)

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Old 08-17-2013, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I would freak out if I ran across something like this. Gross

World's biggest insect is so huge it eats carrots - Telegraph
I'll pay it to eat lima beans.
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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That is so cool!

Live long and prosper!
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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This is freshman journalism at its finest. The reporter never fouind out Mark's last name, but he found out that he was 53 years old and told us that, twice.

Would the weight be the equivalent of the world's three largest mice, or just average mice, and how heavy is the average mouse, and does that count rats? No doubt Mark, 53, weighed the bug, and could have told us exactly, to the gram, the weight of the beast, but that would have assumed a reader has sufficient intelligence to relate a numerical weight to a real world object, and it must never be assumed that a reader has intelligence.

It's amazing how rigidly restricted the worlds knowledge is, limited to what tabloids deign to tell us.

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