be extinct after Europeans brought rats to the island many years ago. American
Mark, 53, said: "Three of us walked the trails of this small island for two
nights scanning the vegetation for a giant weta.
"We spent many hours with no luck finding any at all, before we saw her
up in a tree. "The giant weta is the largest insect in the world, and this is
the biggest one ever found. "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.
"After she had chewed a little I took this picture and we put her right
back where we found her." Mark, from Colorado, added: "We bug lovers hear a lot
of people who think insects are inferior in some way because of their size, so
it was great to see such a big insect. "This became all the more amazing when we
realised that this was the largest insect recorded."
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