Kōrero: Wētā

Tree wētā moulting

Wētā moult 10 times before they reach adulthood. At the end of their moult they may eat their old exoskeleton, as this video clip shows. This provides them with essential nutrients needed for further growth and development.

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George Gibbs, 'Wētā - Tree wētā', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/video/9713/tree-weta-moulting (accessed 19 October 2019)

Story by George Gibbs, published 24 Sep 2007