Latest Giant weta Stories
Finding a mate can take considerable legwork as recently illustrated by the flightless and nocturnal Cook Strait giant weta Deinacrida rugosa.
The Weta family comprises over one hundred (generally) large insect species endemic to the New Zealand archipelago. Their name comes from the Maori language, but has acclimatized itself in New Zealand English, so the plural "wetas" may appear. Their physical appearance is that of a cross between a cockroach and a cricket with the addition of large legs. Weta can be found in environments ranging from mountainous conditions to urban gardens by virtue of their ability to cope with wide...
- A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.