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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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Its giant weta - the heaviest insect in the world - is bigger than a sparrow and looks like a giant cockroach.
she'll long And departure the airport dreadfully - all Its giant weta - the heaviest insect in the world - is bigger than a sparrow and looks like a giant cockroach.
Systematic searching of habitat during the day was compared with footprint tracking tunnels baited with peanut butter as methods for monitoring the arboreal giant weta Deinacrida heteracantha and Deinacrida mahoenui (Orthoptera: Anostostomatidae).
2008a), there is currently a lack of standard survey methods for giant weta and so current rates of their population change and range reductions are difficult to determine.
He says the giant weta is the world's heaviest insect at 71g but failed to mention that the larvae of the Goliath beetle can weigh 115g.
Discovered up a tree, this giant weta has been declared the largest ever found - weighing the equivalent of three mice.
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 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.
This is particularly true of the 11 species of endemic giant weta (Deinacrida, Anostostomatidae), several of which are of high conservation value (Gibbs 1998).
The Giant Wetas are a type of large cricket from New Zealand, grow up to 10cm long, and commonly feature in Maori folklore.