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Giant wood moth found in Camp Mountain Brisbane

An enormous moth spotted by a family out on a bushwalk has astonished social media users after a picture of the huge bug was posted on an insect enthusiast Facebook page.

The family were walking through Camp Mountain, in Brisbane‘s north-east, when they spotted the giant insect perching on a tree. 

Crawling up a branch, the moth was seen to be bigger than a grown man’s clenched fist. 

A family were walking through Camp Mountain, in Brisbane's north-east when they spotted the giant insect perching on a tree branch

A family were walking through Camp Mountain, in Brisbane's north-east when they spotted the giant insect perching on a tree branch

A family were walking through Camp Mountain, in Brisbane’s north-east when they spotted the giant insect perching on a tree branch

While many questioned how rare the insect was, the photo is believed to have captured the Giant Wood Moth which is commonly found on the coast of Queensland, especially in Brisbane

While many questioned how rare the insect was, the photo is believed to have captured the Giant Wood Moth which is commonly found on the coast of Queensland, especially in Brisbane

While many questioned how rare the insect was, the photo is believed to have captured the Giant Wood Moth which is commonly found on the coast of Queensland, especially in Brisbane

‘Wow that is EPIC,’ one insect enthusiast commented.

‘How beautiful,’ another said.

While many questioned how rare the insect was, the photo is believed to have captured the Giant Wood Moth which is commonly found on the coast of Queensland, especially in Brisbane.

These moths can have a wingspan of up to 25cm and can be 15cm in length.

They are grey in colour and have a dark spot on their thorax.

During the day these moths will fold their wings to the sides of their body so they can camouflage against tree trunks and branches.

They are usually spotted during the summer months and are the heaviest moth in the world weighing up to 30g.

Giant wood moths have been found across Australia but are more commonly seen along the east coast.

Giant wood moths can have a wingspan measuring 25cm and can be 15cm in length - weighing up to 30g

Giant wood moths can have a wingspan measuring 25cm and can be 15cm in length - weighing up to 30g

Giant wood moths can have a wingspan measuring 25cm and can be 15cm in length – weighing up to 30g

GIANT WOOD MOTHS 

Giant wood moths have been found across Australia but more commonly along the east coast

They have a wingspan measuring up to 35cm and can be 15cm in length 

They are grey in colour and have a dark spot on their thorax.

During the day these moths will fold their wings to the sides of their body so they can camouflage against tree trunks and branches.

They are usually spotted during the summer months and are the heaviest moth in the world weighing up to 30g

They die soon after mating and laying eggs

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