Big ass insect!

Chris Laing spotted this giant flying insect whilst we were walking along the Matukituki track in Mount Aspiring National Park. It was around 10 – 12 cm long. I assume it’s a Dragonfly but am not sure – if you can confirm or provide more information about it, please leave a comment below!

2 thoughts on “Big ass insect!

  1. Ed Waite says:

    the dragonfly is a bush giant dragon fly (Uropetala carovei). They are

    predators, and hunt flies and cicadas and the like. In turn, they are hunted

    by birds, like kingfishers (incidently, I am writing my first blog post about

    kingfishers). Gigantism in animals is a curious phenomenon often found in

    island ecosystems (like NZ). Other examples include kakapo (worlds biggest

    parrot, also affectionately known as fat green budgies), giant snails, and

    giant weta (of which I have some photos somewhere).

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