I have made several posts before about some of the wildlife I encounter in the garden here in Auckland. Today, I thought I would share a couple of pictures of a Weta that is living inside the frame of the washing line at present. They are a bit like a large cricket and are endemic to New Zealand. The Giant Weta, which is very rare, is one of the world’s heaviest insects. They are quite harmless to us although the Tree Weta’s jaws are apparently capable of drawing blood if you provoke them…as with any wildlife, respect it and look after it is the best motto.
Beautiful in their own way. This little guy was about 4-5cm long in the body I guess, to give an idea of scale.