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Wed May 5, 2021, 11:11 PM

Giant wood moth: 'very heavy' insect rarely seen by humans spotted at Australian school

Mammoth moth which can have 25cm wingspan found by builders working on Queensland primary school



Giant wood moth
A giant wood moth was found at Mount Cotton state school in Queensland by builders. While not uncommon they are rarely seen by humans in Australia. Photograph: Mount Cotton state school/Facebook

Lisa Cox
Wed 5 May 2021 01.38 EDT

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A giant moth with a wingspan measuring up to 25cm has been found at a Queensland school next to a rainforest.

Builders found the giant wood moth, the heaviest moth in the world, while constructing new classrooms at Mount Cotton state school.

Giant wood moths are found along the Queensland and New South Wales coast, according to the Queensland Museum. Females can weigh up to 30 grams and have a wingspan of up to 25cm. Males are half that size.

They have an extremely short life cycle with adults living only a matter of days. They die after mating and laying eggs.

More:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/05/giant-wood-moth-found-queensland-australia-school















A fluffy moth face

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Reply Giant wood moth: 'very heavy' insect rarely seen by humans spotted at Australian school (Original post)
Judi Lynn May 5 OP
MontanaMama May 5 #1
TheRealNorth May 5 #2
Warpy May 6 #11
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 11:15 PM

1. That's soooo cool.

I must admit it I saw one flying at me, Id duck.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 11:17 PM

2. As a kid, I remember seeing a moth as large as a hummingbird

But that Australian one is huge.

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Response to TheRealNorth (Reply #2)

Thu May 6, 2021, 01:13 AM

11. I had a hummingbird moth in my garden in eastern Mass,

It took me a hell of a long time to find out exactly what kind of critter it was. The giveaway was the lack of a beak.



It was a lot of fun to track down in the 70s. The ones in my garden had a fondness for rhododendrons.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #11)

Thu May 6, 2021, 03:06 AM

14. i would call those "hawk moths"

one fat hornworm can tear up a tomato vine overnight, but the moths are so nice that i don't mind.

i also get a few luna moths in the summer

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 11:22 PM

3. The Mothman Prophecy

Loved that movie! I was a kid growing up when that bridge went down at Christmas.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 11:23 PM

4. Eweew

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 11:26 PM

5. Australia of course...

surprised it doesn't feed on human flesh....

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 11:29 PM

6. Mothra!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 12:03 AM

7. But it has such cute fluffy yellow face!

Head on it's sorta adorable..

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 12:24 AM

8. Yikes, he's big!

When I was a kid, my Dad used to point out the moths that gathered on the outside of the window at night - they were attracted by the light - and tell me that they were aliens, watching us. I knew that my Dad was just teasing, but it wasn't tough to imagine since they did look like they had little faces.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 12:31 AM

9. The stuff of nightmares

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 12:53 AM

10. DA-yamn!

I thought it was a rabbit!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 01:25 AM

12. Can't use a flyswatter on that.

You'd have to go for the .357 magnum.

No wonder they're seldom seen. They know they wouldn't last long milling around a lamp.
I'll have some bad dreams about giant bugs tonight.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 01:55 AM

13. Oh My Freakin' God!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 06:41 AM

15. Trouble with image but reminded me

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 08:37 PM

16. Wow.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 09:50 PM

17. Must be the fastest growing insect on the planet too

They have an extremely short life cycle with adults living only a matter of days. They die after mating and laying eggs.

I presume the eggs lay dormant for 9 months or the larvae have a much longer lifespan than the adults. Either way, Im glad Im not trying to keep up with clothing those kids.

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