So the world's heaviest insect is roughly 3,500 times heavier than the world's smallest back-boned animal.
|The world's heaviest insect, the giant weta (left), enjoying a carrot. And the world's smallest vertebrate, Paedophryne amauensis (right) on a dime. Image: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/discoblog|
Wetas can reach 10 centimeters in body length, 20 with their legs extended. The frog is about 7 millimeters long, so it would take around 30 of the frogs lined up head to tail to extend the length of the weta.-- http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/discoblog
|A P. amanuensis on U.S. dime (diameter 17.91 mm). Image: Ecological Guild Evolution and the Discovery of the World’s Smallest Vertebrate, Eric N. Rittmeyer et al. , PLoS ONE, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0029797|