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weta

(ˈwɛtə)
n
(Animals) any of various wingless insects of the family Stenopelmatidae of New Zealand, with long spiny legs
[Māori]
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Discovered up a tree, this giant weta has been declared the largest ever found - weighing the equivalent of three mice.
Mark, 53, said: "The giant weta is the largest insect in the world, and this is the biggest ever found.
A nature-lover Mark Moffett from Colorado, America, revealed that he spent two days tracking down the giant weta on a remote island in New Zealand, and got it to eat a carrot out of his hand.
The 53-year-old former park ranger discovered the giant weta up a tree and has now been declared the largest ever found.
The Department of Conservation wants to airdrop millions of pellets of rat poison on the island to kill the tens of thousands of Kiore it believes are threatening the existence of endemic animals such as the Tuatara lizard and the Giant Weta insect.
Tuatara are sit-and-wait predators," says Daugherty "They sit in front of their burrow all night, in a sort of advertising display [to ward off] other tuatara, and hoping a food item will wander by" They aren't fussy about what they eat: skinks, worms, giant weta crickets, even young tuatara or birds--anything that moves.
The Giant Wetas are a type of large cricket from New Zealand, grow up to 10cm long, and commonly feature in Maori folklore.