Hire a senior Perl / Python programmer today; download my up-to-date resume (PDF)
John Bokma Weta from New Zealand
freelance Perl programmer

Comments: Weta from New Zealand

8 comments

When I lived in New Zealand I had a weta as "pet" for some weeks. Based on the books I read, I guessed that it was a female Auckland tree weta (Hemideina thoracica). This weta is nocturnal, meaning it is awake during the night.

Read the rest of Weta from New Zealand.

Comments

Yep, that definately looks like a female. She's so cute! I don't understand how people think they're ugly either.

I just found 12 tree wetas in my back yard today, hiding in little holes in the fence. None of them looked like they had ovipositors though, which confused me. I don't know why so many males would be hanging around so close together.

It's almost midnight here, and I just decided to go take a look outside and see if they'd moved since I read they're nocturnal. Only one of them was still on the fence, and it had come out of it's hole. Then I heard a sound in the roses above me which I think had to be the other wetas doing that thing they do with their hind legs. So that was nice. And then I heard a Morepork calling, which was lovely :D ... and then I nearly walked into a spider web that had a very large spider right in the middle of it, so I figured it was about time I went back inside again. hehe.

Posted by Fedishi at 11:02 GMT on 6 February 2006

Fedishi - With crickets the ovipositor shows only when they are (almost?) adult. So I guess that you have seen juvenile weta.

Posted by John Bokma at 16:54 GMT on 6 February 2006

Ok, I was wrong. They are famales after all. Once I borrowed my dads digital camera I took a photo from the entrance of the hole one of them was hiding in and it did have an ovipostior after all. http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c176/fedishi/Bobschicksmall.jpg I could get the camera closer to the hole than I could go because there was a branch in my way. So they must all be this guys females http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c176/fedishi/Bobsmall.jpg Isn't he lucky :D

Posted by Fedishi at 10:02 GMT on 8 February 2006

I hope you can help me. My name is Dustin Plotts and I am 14 years old. I go to Calvert High School her in the United States and I am doing research on the Tuatara. I have to create a Biome and I need to buy some plastic animals. I have found some plastic Tuatara but I can't find any plastic weta shapes. Would you have any idea where I could buy them from in your area?

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Dusty

Posted by Dusty at 16:57 GMT on 20 September 2006

Hi Dusty,

I have no idea if you can buy weta toys in the United States. Maybe the closest you can get is buying plastic crickets and paint them to look a bit more like weta.

Posted by John Bokma at 03:34 GMT on 23 September 2006

I've caught a weta in our back yard in Auckland (we have a small bush area) and I want to keep it - alive - to show some children on Saturday morning - I run a kids club. I've got it in an old fish tank at the moment with some places to hide. But I don't know what to feed it - and does it need water etc.? Any advice would be great. It will be released on Sat afternoon. Thanks, Kaye

Posted by Kaye at 08:05 GMT on 4 March 2009

Kaye, from the top of my head: uncooked carrot and apple. As for water: I recommend to use a bottle cap with some water, and spray a part of the fish tank regularly.

Posted by John Bokma at 20:20 GMT on 10 March 2009

so, This is what Bear grylls ate.

Posted by fear pills. at 20:03 GMT on 2 March 2011

Post a comment

Note that your comment doesn't show up immediately. I review each comment before I add it to this site.

Check the Follow this page option if you want to receive an email each time a comment is posted to this page, including yours. A link to turn this option off will be included with each email.

Internet adresses will be converted automatically. You can use the following notation to specify anchor text for a link: [url=http://example.com/]example text[/url].