Tree weta, approx 50mm long. Dark brown head, light brown/tan pronotal shield and upper legs.Ovipositor.
Found behind flaking rimu bark
Large katydid, possibly the largest orthopteran I have yet encountered in terms of sheer mass. It would sometimes hop a manageably short distance with the aid of wings, but otherwise was slow and easy to handle. I put it under a basket overnight so I could show it off to other people in the morning. It was very well-received.
Orthoptera is an order of insects with paurometabolous or incomplete metamorphosis, including the grasshoppers, crickets, cave crickets, Jerusalem crickets, katydids, weta, lubber, Acrida, and locusts. Many insects in this order produce sound (known as a "stridulation") by rubbing their wings against each other or their legs, the wings or legs containing rows of corrugated bumps. The tympanum or ear is located in the front tibia in crickets, mole crickets, and katydids, and on the first abdominal...