By Josie  June 7th, 2023

The World's Heaviest Insect

The Weta Bug

The Weta Bug

This large flightless grass grub from New Zealand holds the record for being the heaviest insect on Earth.

How much do you know about them?

They are one of the heaviest insects in the world and can grow up to around 4 inches long and weigh 2,5 ounces.


They are native to New Zealand, where they inhabit forests, grasslands, and shrublands.

The Giant Weta have powerful hind legs that allow them to jump significant distances when threatened.


This sudden burst of movement can startle predators and allow the Weta to escape.

The Giant Weta’s antennae detect predators and prey, while their strong mandibles can easily crack open tough plant stalks to find food.


Becuase they're not so agile, they have developed exceptional camouflage skills, effortlessly blending into their environment to escape predators.

Despite their large size, Giant Weta are generally docile creatures.


They are nocturnal and during the day they hide in holes or crevices in rocks, trees, or the ground,

The world's heaviest insect is threatened by habitat loss and invasive species.

Conservationists have established sanctuaries and reintroduction programs for them.

If you spot one in your home, do not handle the Weta as they can be vulnerable to damage and may bite if they feel threatened.

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