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"Dr. Bug" alumnus discovers world’s largest insect

December 9, 2011
By Lynn Volbrecht

Biologist, ecologist, photojournalist, author, and explorer Mark Moffett’79 has recently added another note of distinction to his impressive list of accomplishments: he recently discovered what may be the world’s largest insect (pictured here, photo his own) after two days of exploring an island in New Zealand. The bug has a wingspan of seven inches, and can crunch through a carrot.

Moffet’s most recent book was Adventures Among Ants; he appears everywhere from late-night television talk shows to NPR’sFresh Air to discuss his work.