By - m3antar
All animals in Australia seem to be on steroids
Actually, most of our cockroaches _don't_ fly. Australian native cockroaches are strictly burrowing animals that broadly cannot fly. However, our invasive roaches (mostly American and German cockroaches) are flighted, and will fly both here and in Europe and America where they're natively from.
So, strictly speaking, we have _fewer_ flying cockroaches than the USA does.
I had a big one enter my mouth while I was sleeping and then tried crawling down my throat after I bit down on it. That one reeeeeeally stays with you.
I was living in Tokyo for a while in 1989 and we had those electric toilet seats with heat and the mini shower coming out. Roaches loved it. One night I was calmly doing number 2 while reading a comic and to my horror a huge coackroach appeared on my thigh and ran into my pajama legs down the ankles. I jumped up the toilet seat quickly cleaning myself and went out in the living room where my two roommates were watching TV, screaming “coakroaaaaaaaach” with panties and pajamas down on my ankles and trying to completely undress my self with one hand and using the comic book to pull the thing out of the fabric with the other. Ofc I tripped on some random pair of shoes, fell down, my roommates had to take pajama and panties out. The coackroack was so fast and sneaky, it ran under a closet,
Impossible to dislodge. Luckily enough we were all girls and there were no boys around when that happened.
Like old coins. It took me ages to get the taste of roach guts out of my mouth.
...... I regret reading through the comment, I can't unsee it now... And I'm sorry you went through that 😥
I know! I’m sitting here like “stop reading….no why are you scrolling down?” but I can’t help it and regret everything now.
Here's another one for you guys, then.
When I was around 4yo, my then neighbor decided to put some insecticide in the sewage to try and kill the cockroaches infesting the neighborhood.
But they had to try to escape through somewhere, didn't they? And where was that?
And as a kid, I entered the bathroom without paying much attention to what I was doing... Just to catch myself locked in a 2mx2m bathroom with (according to my mom) more than 200 roaches.
I’m going to be sick ….
how do you unread something
Oh yeah, Texas has big ole flying cockroaches. And they do seem to aim for your head.
That’s why they get their own name, palmetto bugs. Giant flying cockroaches that basically will attack your ass.
oh *hell* no
What continental isolation does to a mf
If it helps, they used to be worse. Ever heard of giant wombats?
What kind of womb does a giant bat have?
This reads like one of those jokes you get after catching a bug/fish in animal crossing
What are you talking about, wombats are adorable!
Good for r/nope
Yeah, I saw the pic and immediately thought, "bet it's Australia!"
>As adults they are unable to feed and only live for a few days
From OP's source, so not very long.
Their only job as adults is to mate. That's it. No need for a mouth or digestive tract (I wonder if they even feel any sensation of hunger at all) when your only goal is scoring some moth poon.
Put me in the screenshot
My guy you are already in the screenshot
My guy *is* the screenshot
Lmao you **are** the screenshot
That's a bingo. One of my favorite one liners from Randy
One of my favorite lines from inglorious basterds. Bravo, sir.
God I laughed so hard at that when it aired. It's one of those things I wish I could see for the first time again.
We’re lucky that we evolved to live longer than just past mating.
Evolutionarily speaking that’s the only goal for continuing a species - everything past that is superfluous.
Larry Niven has a novel called Protector where humans actually have a third stage of development where they lose all sex organs, and grown super tall and strong with large talons, and their only job is to protect their offspring.
But how do they have off spring if they don’t have sex organs? I’m I missing something?
my comment was removed for referring to sapiens and erectus and neanderthals (the word before those words is banned).
but the jist is only after having children, these early humans would then have the craving to eat a fruit from a certain alien tree with properties like a bee hive's royal jelly. This would then cause the transformation into this sexless warrior being
First stage of life: be child.
Second stage of life: sexual maturity, have the bebes.
Third stage of life: eat mystic fruit, transform into super protector being, protect the bebes.
It is explained better in the 102,000 words of the novel.
I’d say that humans (and other similar primates) require more than just mating to continue the species as we are helpless at birth and for quite a while after.
Part of the reason we’re so helpless is that we’re born prematurely to allow the head to pass the birth canal, and part of the reason our heads are so big is all our higher brain functions, which becomes a bit of a chicken and the egg situation!
We also need to mate multiple times or the species dies down.
Clearly you’ve never been to a club
Theres also raising and protecting your offspring, while there are species that can take care of themselves immediately after birth, those capabilities usually come at a huge cost to other things.
some redditor will be wrestling with this later...
"Perhaps I am a moth?"
And a blue man will be yelling “Arthur!”
Arthur was a protoredditor.
I'd assume not tbh. It would make no sense for them to feel hunger if they don't feed.
Calm down randy. Focus on getting Stan out of the dream world.
Is a moth in its other stage the same thing as a caterpillar?
Caterpillar is a general term for moth and butterfly larvae.
Okay that makes sense, I've only heard it as a term for butterflies
Many moths have short lives like that. I agree it's very sad.
No different from cicadas.
Wait, so then how big are the caterpillars?
I'm wondering this too..
weeping and sobbing
How the hell do they get that big if they only live a few days?
Probably one massive grub before it goes into it's chrysalis
My dude can't even eat
You shall never cage us or our fearless leader!
I’m Australian and was once going on a nighttime bushwalk. I heard sounds like birds trying to fly through branches. Turns out they were actually wood moths.
They sound like *birds*? I would not guess that
I'm going to guess it's the flapping of wings that sounds like birds and not the mouth...noises? That would be a whole other level of terrifying
I mean they get to 10 INCHES wingspan. Imagine that fluttering around in the brush, you wouldnt think it was a bug lol
Like, they didn’t chirp or anything. I just heard fluttering and twigs moving, like a bird landing in a bush.
the ultimate BRØTHER
MOTH MEMES NEVER DIE
I am drawn to your comment for some reason.
They eat sweaters whole.
*Give it to us rrrrraw and wrrrrringling. Golem. Golem.*
I understood that reference!
If you want to destroy my sweater
Pull the string as i walk away
but how can you stay mad at it, it's so cute
Moths don't eat sweaters. Their larvae do. This misunderstanding lead me to a moth phobia when I was a kid. I still hate them.
My life is dominated by fibre working.. And I can't hate dusty butterflies for doing what they do. That are beautiful, and lovely, and if my storage is infected it's because I stored it improperly.
Thank you for being so understanding ✨ We appreciate it.
I second this!
Queer fam gotta support one another.
I hate moths bc they're always flying around and startling the crap out of me. Also bc their larvae eat clothing
Ugh I know it's like they're drunk.
They must be if they're confusing my hair for a lamp!
Now I’m going to come into your house and eat your sweaters out of spite.
🎶 if you want to destroy my sweater🎶
As a fibre artisan, she is both beautiful, and gives me palpitations. But I would absolutely count an inventory loss and let her babies have it.. Far away from the rest of my fleeces.
Mothra is absolutely beautiful.
I wish I had an award to give for this post.
Don't worry, I got you ;)
Ta! Thanks very much!
These don't eat anything.
Their kids are arseholes tho
Of course they’re in Australia
I'm born in NZ and live in Australia and never knew this existed.. new fear unlocked haha
Australia is animal country for animals on steroids.
I skipped a heartbeat after seeing the picture. I will die if I saw it in real life.
What did it do to his hand? And, it looks like a slipper, imagine getting up in the morning and accidentally stepping on it? Yuck!
Jeeesus the pic will already give me nightmares but this is beyond that. Jesus christ... why did you have to raise this possibility?! Stepping on this?! Omg i would die...
Nothing, it doesn't have a mouth
Fr, this thing looks like it's out of that movie based off of Stephen King's The Mist.
I'm wondering if there are any spiders that feast on them.
Surely not, but it's Australia so... maybe?
Imagine the size of the *mothballs*?
Imagine getting those mothballs to the face when he comes in for a landing on your head in the middle of the night.
Starting to eat your eyebrows
That's no mothball, that's a space station.
Much bigger than mine, that’s for sure.
Aaaaaand there's the Hollow Knight gamer if you only scroll far enough.
As an Australian, I found one of these once when I was a child and was so excited. It was on the ground and barely moving. I showed it to everybody. Had a bit of a pink spot just back of the head, on the top.
...And it was dead by the next day.
yeah the pink spot is where all the chitin is rubbed away, usually a sign of old age and wear and tear. poor guy was on his last legs probably
Ah ok...makes sense.
Need a banana for scale.
Happy banana cake day!
Sources: (https://australian.museum/learn/animals/insects/giant-wood-moth/) (https://www.livescience.com/giant-wood-moth-found-at-australian-school.html#:~:text=Giant%20wood%20moths%20(Endoxyla%20cinereus,according%20to%20the%20Australian%20Museum))
Oof. It's gonna need a big lamp brøther
I had no idea these beauties were in New Zealand! I thought the Pūriri moth was as big as they get here.
I've been googling for a while, and I think there's a very small isolated population here, probably started by a few blown across from Australia. Very little info and no-one seems to have seen one here since 1890.
Alright, I know Australia and New Zealand are basically islands and therefore isolated so their wildlife is going to be extremely diverse and evolved quite drastically than anything else on earth but like….what the heck is in the water over there that causes everything there to ether be flipping huge or kill you 10x over
What's in the water? Rips, Crocodiles, Irukandji, Box Jellyfish, Cone Snails, stonefish, brain-eating amoeba, blue ringed octopuses, stingrays, sea snakes, regular snakes, fire coral, bluebottles, blue-green algae, Lionfish, Crown of Thorns starfish, sharks and more :)
But don't worry, only the first two-thirds of that list are really dangerous.
(Do worry about rips though, they're legitimately deadly)
For those who don’t know rips are a water dwelling relative of drop bears.
Don’t be too sure - One of them here in New Zealand flew all the way across middle-earth to tell Gandalf the eagles are coming, so they can fly a great distance.
Adorable sky puppy. I’d want one if it wouldn’t have my shirts as a snack.
Fun fact they can't eat as adults
What a beautiful creature. Moths don't get the love butterflies do, and they are every bit as cool imo.
I agree. I like moths. They’re chill and don’t hurt anyone.
Butterflies are, in fact, a small subset of moths.
You’re pretty cool too. Thanks for the love.
Fun fact, the giant wood moth caterpillar looks like a turd.
I thought that was a slipper at first
Where are the fingers?!
The moth ate them.
*ONE* of the largest 😅
I’d already pass out if that flew in my general line of sight. Nonetheless anything BIGGER.
Omw to make a fursona out of this
Sweet mother of Mothra!
Looks like they eat fingers....
That's a kinsect from Monster Hunter.
How can a moth that size only weight 30 grams? There's medium sized moths that weigh that much.
I want one, THEY’RE SO FLUFFY
Those who dislike moths might not care what I have to say next.
Those who (think they might) like moths: my newest book has a character who is a pink moth the size of a hamster and her name is Twinkle.
I am giving away a felt toy of Twinkle as part of the eBook release party on Oct 1. PM me if you want to know more, or just reply in the thread, it’s all good.
Will you be on Amazon and what is the title? Mods, I'm asking a question for my own info, so ... please, let OP reply!
Yes! It’s available right now in paperback and the ebook, including Kindle version, launches on Oct 1. (you can pre order) Title: DOOM’S DAZE by Eva Sandor. It’s a comedy fantasy that riffs on Cold War spy pulps. Twinkle the moth has a surprisingly important role to play!
It’s only ONE of the largest?
Reddit has made me rethink a vacation in Australia 🤣
But what do the caterpillars look like.
That big and just 30 grams? Is that a typo? Or are they made of clouds?
i love him
I'm moving to New Zealand next month... well I am not moving anymore I guess
I’m torn between thinking this is adorable and being grossed out
Ok I like moths, and this one looks very fluffy and cute but… ABSOLUTELY NOT IMAGINE IF IT LANDS ON YOU AND YOU CANT SHAKE IT OFF
Nope nope nope! Little UK moths scare me, pigeons really freak me out when they fly up at ya, there's always some little kid that goes running into them to make them fly I'm freaking out I trying to hid while giving that kid serious side eye!!
But that thing flying I'd be curled up on the floor covering my head with my screams muffled
THIS IS REAL?!?! I Googled it to make sure and YUP. I’m Aussie and it is **unacceptable** that I’ve never met one of these puppies!!
Moths are fluffy butterflies with paws and I'm here for it.
Wow! I'm a 48 year old New Zealander and I've never seen, nor heard of this existing.
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Wouldn’t want them in your winter Woolies
That's not a moth, it's a fluffy butterfly eagle
That is too much nature for me.
Your emergency midnight snack. All you need is a lamp.
Convert to freedom units?
It weighs about as much as a shotgun shell full of Big Mac, and would block the text on a MAGA cap if it sat on the brim facing sideways.
We'll require a larger lamp.
This one has that “Mom dont let me go’ kinda vibe
I think this belongs in Point Pleasant
Thats a big boi
I saw the photo just immediately thought they were from Australia because where else would something like that be...and low and behold....
Um… hi there Savathun. Shall I fetch you a lamp?