Weta (Cave) Auckland (Gymnoplectron acanthocera)
Scientific name: Gymnoplectron acanthocera
Common name: Auckland Cave Weta, tokoriko
This weta is endemic to New Zealand and is found in the in the Auckland, Northland and Coromandel area.
It is a large insect with a length of body plus legs and antennae that can be 350 mm. They emerge at night to feed on fungi, leaves, plants other insects and animal remains. They can't hear or make any sound but use their long, fine antennae to find their way around. Unlike other weta, cave wetas are not aggressive and will escape danger with giant leaps of 2-3m. Harmless to humans
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