Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Queensland - GIANT WOOD MOTH

In late Spring and early Summer in Queensland Eastern Australia, the RSPCA and the various Wild Life people often receive calls from people who report seeing birds flying at night around street lights.
What they are seeing is the Giant Wood Moth that has hatched from its pupae in eucalypt trees.
YES! They are so huge that they resemble a small bird.
Here is one in the palm of Rays hand.


  The Giant Wood Moth is the Worlds largest moth weighing in at 30 grams and with a wing span of 25 cms .(10 inches). The aborigines used to travel down the water courses searching for these delicacies to cook and eat them.
They are also an enjoyable meal for the Black Cockatoos, who use their strong bills to rip open tree bark, uncover and eat them.  Between the Moth and the Cockatoo, the trees can be destroyed.

I have been told that the wood moth will eat a hole into a pineapple, then eat the whole inside of the fruit just leaving the shell remaining.

NEXT POST will be on our cockatoos.... we have many different varieties.
AND.... The Lord God made them all. 

33 comments:

  1. Massive!! I showed my daughter this and she just freaked out. ;P I just can't imagine my cats tackling that one. By the way, they love to eat moths.

    Blessings,
    <><

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    1. I guess I love your cat. Our dogs love eating grasshoppers.. LOL

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  2. Now that is what I call a moth! PHEW! sandie

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    1. Can you imagine one crawling on you when you were asleep?? Yuk!

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  3. Wow! I learned something new today. Thanks for sharing Crystal:)

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  4. We have some big moths out here but not quite THAT huge...
    i hate it when they land in my hair..happens sometimes when i take the dog out near the street light at night.. & we DO have birds that fly around the street lights at night...feasting on the moths.
    That Cockatoo is Gorgeous!
    Thank Ray for modeling Mothra for us!
    Blessings

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    1. I could not touch that thing. Ray enjoys insects and everything. Send some of those moth eating birds here..

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  5. Are you sure that's a moth? Never saw such a huge one!

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    1. I don't like insects...I'd hate this one to hit me in the dark.

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  7. Oh my- that looks like something that would grow here in Texas.

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    1. Yes, big things grow in big places... did you know that Queensland is two and a half times the size of Texas... Big Big stuff... and I truly don't like big insects...... hugs friend.P.S. Hope Joe is getting better every day. xx

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  8. I never, until this moment, knew there were/are Black Cockatoos - to me - it looks as if you live in Wonderland.

    Awesome.
    Love & Love
    from one of your Many Fans,
    -g-

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    1. Yes, there are a few types of Black Cockatoos, our farmers hate them...AND they are very noisy. xx

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  9. Hello my down under friend! Great photos and very interesting post! Amazing that they would hollow out a pineapple!

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    1. Isn't it terrible that they would eat the pineapple and leave the shell. We live amid plantations so everything gets a great feed here.

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  10. Hugungus!!!! You get a knot on the head if one flew into you. :)

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  11. Wow that moth is huge! but your right...the Lord made them all...beautiful

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  12. I LOVE that detail about the moth and the pineapple. Who would've thought a tough fruit like that wouldn't stand a chance against a moth! Wow. I learn something new each time I visit here. Thanks for sharing. xx

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    1. I love pineapples and would hate to find it hollowed out and just a shell.

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  13. Hi there, When I saw the photo of that huge moth, my first thought was that he would be a good dinner for one of the big birds... Then I saw the photo of the Cockatoo... What a beautiful bird... Yes---I'm sure that he would enjoy that moth for lunch...

    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  14. Dear Cyrstal Mary, I so like to learn about the flora and fauna of Australia. It's so different from here. So I'm really looking forward to your next posting on the cockatoo. Peace.

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  15. Hi Crystal, dear friend,
    Oh! Wooowww! That giant wood moth looks like something else...
    I have never seen such a thing in my lifetime.
    I am sure birds will have a great feed out of them...
    Thank you for sharing your world with us, sweet Crystal!
    Thank you for writing to me, my dear friend!
    God may bless you all!
    Warm Hugs & Much Love Always,
    Starry.

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  16. I never know what I'm going to find when I visit your blog. :) The cockatoo is powerfully beautiful.

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  17. That moth gives me the creeps! Man - you grow em' big down under! We have bats that fly at night in the Arizona desert, but they don't look near as scary as that moth!

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