Meet the residents: Tree Weta, Putangatanga.


Andrew Crowe’s Life-Size Guide to Insects says they are “Common in forest and gardens, especially in firewood. Can bite. Hide during the day in holes in trees.”




  1. I found one of these on the beach on Rotoroa Island once, being attacked by a dotterel. Both were clearly out of their comfort zone. The dotterel scarpered when it saw me approach and I carefully lifted the tree weta (which seemed none the worse for wear) back to an overhanging tree without using my hands…easier said than done! 😄

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