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


Weta (Cave) Genus: Macropathini Species 2

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. 

Photographed in a bushy urban area New Plymouth under a plywood sheet lying against a wall.  Body length 16 mm (without legs and antenna)




   

   



Male


Hind leg.