One of the largest insects in the world, D. rugosa is endemic to New Zealand and exists only on small offshore islands or within mainland ecosanctuaries. Family: Anostostomatidae
3 years to grow
This dead female giant weta found on the footpath in the sanctuary.
Year and month correct but actual date uncertain
found amongst trap boxes, a colleague believes it is a second instar, around 3 weeks old
scale is millimetres
Cook Strait giant wētā released into Karori Sanctuary/Zealandia 20 Jan 2010 (transfered from Somes Island I think)
Found behind the recycling bin in one of the houses on Somes Island!
Deinacrida rugosa, commonly called the Cook Strait giant weta, is a species of insect in the family Anostostomatidae. The scientific name "Deinacrida" means "terrible grasshopper" and "rugosa" means "wrinkled". It is endemic to New Zealand.