Story: Wētā

Male tree wētā

Male tree wētā

Male tree wētā have large heads, up to twice the size of a female’s, and powerful jaws. Males are easily distinguished from females as they lack a long egg-laying spike (ovipositor) at the rear of their body.

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Photograph by J. Taylor

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George Gibbs, 'Wētā - Tree wētā', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/9711/male-tree-weta (accessed 7 August 2020)

Story by George Gibbs, published 24 Sep 2007