T.E.R:R.A.I.N - Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network


Weta (Cave) Genus: Macropathini Species 1.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Orthoptera
Family: : Rhaphidophoridae
Subfamily: Macropathinae
Genus: Macropathini

The small male weta photographed below is a bush species not a troglophile (cave dweller). This species seeks out dark, humid habitats, in the bush under stones, dead leaves or loose bark and it may dig holes in the ground.

This specimen was found in New Plymouth.