A giant moth was recently found on a construction site at a school in Australia. The giant insect is so heavy that it cannot fly and grows to a large size just a few days before mating. And then he dies.
The giant tree moth (Endoxyla cinereus) is the largest moth in the world. Females, which are about twice the size of males, can weigh up to 30 grams and have a wingspan of 25 centimeters, according to the Australian Museum. They live in the forests of Australia and New Zealand.
Builders working at Mount Cotton Public School have discovered a giant female tree moth on the site of a new school building on the edge of a rainforest. After photographing the impressive find, the builders returned the moth to the wild.
The larvae of these large insects burrow into eucalyptus trees, and a year later reappear in the form of caterpillars. Then they descend to the ground, where they feed on the roots of the tree. The caterpillars then appear in their gigantic final form.
Once there, smaller males can fly short distances and search for females on the ground to mate with. If reproduction is successful, the female lays about 20,000 tiny eggs, which hatch and develop into larvae. Butterflies rarely come across to humans for a simple reason – they die quickly after extremely vigorous mating.