Kōrero: European discovery of plants and animals

Giant wētā

Giant wētā

This giant wētā (Deinacrida heteracantha) was collected by missionary and naturalist William Colenso around 1838–39, at Paihia in the Bay of Islands. It was over 40 years before this species was officially described, in 1880. Known to Māori as wētāpunga, the insects now occur naturally only on Little Barrier Island.

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
Reference: AMNZ 21862 355/31

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

John Andrews, 'European discovery of plants and animals - Sealers, missionaries and botanists', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/10949/giant-weta (accessed 6 March 2021)

He kōrero nā John Andrews, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007