Giant weta

Description
This giant weta was collected in New Zealand and donated Major ‘Bertie’ Gay who was a curator at the Museum. Weta can reach up to an enormous 10 cm in body length and are an example of a phenomenon known as ‘island gigantism’.
Accession Loan No.
81/2003/1175
Collection Class
Arthropods
Common Name
giant weta
Simple Name
insect: bush cricket
Full Name
ORTHOPTERA: STENOPELMATIDAE: Deinacrida heteracantha: giant weta
Family Group

Collector / Excavator
Gay, Major Arthur Bertie (from the collection of)
Collection Country
New Zealand
Collection Area Region
Australia and New Zealand
Collection Continent
Oceania
Phylum
ARTHROPODA
Family
STENOPELMATIDAE
Genus
Deinacrida
Species
heteracantha

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