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Weta (Cave) Goldmine (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 gold mine tunnels. These photos were taken 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

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