Giant wood moth: ‘very heavy’ insect rarely seen by humans spotted at Australian school
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.
The school’s principal, Meagan Steward, said the moth was “an amazing find”.
Steward said due to the school’s location it was not unusual to find a range of animals on the grounds such as bush turkeys, wallabies, koalas, ducks, the occasional snake and once a turtle in the library. “A giant wood moth was not something we had seen before,” she said on Wednesday.
The initial ABC news report and photos of the moth generated so much media …
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