1 Feb 2019

Critter of the Week Wetapunga

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 3:27 pm on 1 February 2019
Nicola Toki with Wetapunga

Nicola Toki with Wetapunga Photo: supplied

This is one of Nicola Toki's favourite critters as you can see!

DoC's threatened species ambassador tells us all about this giant weta, Deinacrida heteracantha (‘terrible grasshopper’).

It has only survived on Little Barrier Island due to habitat destruction and predation from exotic pests in other areas. When fully grown they can be heavier than a mouse or a sparrow!

Wetapunga

Wetapunga Photo: Brian Lloyd / © DOC / CC BY 4.0.

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