Hey everyone! Sorry I’ve been absent lately but I’ve had lots going on between family and school commitments.
I did want to share with you a picture of one of my female Goliath Stick insects (Eurycnema goliath). She is now a massive adult and has already been mated.
photo credit: SOLENT (www.telegraph.co.uk)
This giant weta (or wetapunga), one of the largest on record, weighing in at 71 grams (2.5oz) was found by adventurer and American researcher, Mark Moffett on New Zealand’s Little Barrier Island. These insects can grow up to 10 centimetres long and have a leg span as wide as 20 centimetres. It’s genus name, Deinacrida, means ‘mighty locust’. Dating back 190 million years, these creatures are in fact insects in the Orthoptera order. The same order as grasshoppers, locusts and crickets.