Look what I’ve found…..
Anyone who is interested in animation (especially in movies) will have heard of the Weta workshop..http://www.wetanz.com/movies/
Well here’s a Weta…. this one is a picture of one we had on our back doorstep in Wellington….not very clear but enough to see what it looks like….this is a Tree Weta…. they’re common in suburbs on the North Island.
They look like a big grasshopper and can be up to 40 mm long and most commonly live in holes in trees or where rot has set in after a twig has broken off. The holes are called a gallery, and the Weta’s will keep things tidy and any growth of the bark surrounding the opening is chewed away. The males have much larger jaws than the females, though both sexes will hiss and bite when threatened.
They readily occupy a preformed gallery in a piece of wood (a Weta motel) and can be kept in a suburban garden as pets…though I can’t say it’s something I have ever had a yearning to do!
Tree Weta are normally nocturnal (I think this was taken about 10.30 at night -another reason why I don’t think they make the most fantastic pets LOL!!)……BUT…..their diet consists of plants and small insects ~so they can be useful in the garden in some ways …unless of course you’ve got prize Petunia’s and then they might not be so discerning and have a chomp on them!