PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – Weighing in at over four–thousand pounds and stretching nearly 60 feet long, it’s hard to miss the world’s largest bug.
Perched on a roof overlooking route 95 the bug has garnered a lot of attention over the years.
"Maybe we should do something different, something that hasn't been done before. And I said, what about doing a replica of a bug?" says President of Big Blue Bug Solutions Stephan Goldman.
On July 10th 1980, exactly 38 years ago today, a crew began assembling piece by piece the big purple bug. Modeled after a termite swarmer
he wouldn't officially take on his signature blue color until UV rays from the sun turned him blue.
However, the big blue bug spent many years nameless until 1990 when the pest control company held a contest.
"We had thousands of entries but one name really stood out Nibbles Woodaway” explains Goldman.
And from there, Nibble's found a way to nibble his way into every part of the ocean state. From holiday celebrations, to political cartoons, and even creeping his way into Hollywood, Nibbles was there.
However Nibbles hasn't always been on the straight and narrow. In 2017 he had a run in with the law, getting an un–authorized tattoo.
But he's now back to his normal blue self and ready for another birthday.
"I wish I could tell you I was bright enough to forecast that this would happen. I never thought it would become an icon or a landmark of the state" Goldman says.
Nibbles has become such a recognizable figure that New England Pest Control even changed their name to Big Blue Bug Pest Control a few years ago, ensuring that the Rhode Island icon is here to stay.