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Weta (Goldmine Cave Weta) Gymnoplectron uncata

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Family: Rhaphidophoridae
Subfamily:Macropathinae
Genus: Gymnoplectron
Species: G. uncata
Scientific name: Gymnoplectron uncata
Common name: Goldmine Cave Weta

Gymnoplectron uncata is a chequered cave weta and is often seen in large groups on walls and ceilings of old goldmine tunnels . These photos were thaken in the tunnels of the Broken Hill gold mine in the Coromandel Peninsula.

Large female Goldmine cave weta with male

A group of Goldmine cave wetas