When people think of Australia and the wildlife to be feared, they think of snakes and spiders, sharks and crocodiles… they probably don’t think of moths the size of your hand. A construction worker at a school in Queensland found this female wood moth…
We have the largest species of wood moths in the world with the female averaging 30g (1oz) and wingspans up to 25cm (10″) – the males are smaller. This female is a particularly large specimen.
The females don’t really fly, they crawl up a tree stump and wait for the males to find them. Interestingly, the larvae of the wood moth are called witchetty grubs and are a staple food of our indigenous people.
Would you jump if you came across a moth this big?