Story: Wētā

Wētāpunga (giant wētā)

Wētāpunga (giant wētā)

The wētāpunga or Little Barrier Island wētā belongs to the Anostostomatidae family – a group of large-bodied wētā. This female has raised her spiny hind legs in a defensive stance.

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Photograph by Dick Veitch

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George Gibbs, 'Wētā - What is a wētā?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 July 2022)

Story by George Gibbs, published 24 Sep 2007