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Copyright: David McGill (Canish) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 29 W: 0 N: 33] (162)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 450D, Canon 60 mm f 2,8 EF-S
Exposure: f/8, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-20 1:38
Viewed: 5507
Points: 1
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Wellington Tree Weta

Hemideina crassidens.

There are abiut 60 types of Weta in New Zealand.
They have changed very little in the last 100 million years and are often refered to as the insect Dinasours.

This is a female tree weta they grow about 40 to 50 mm long and look very much more fearsome than they are in reality they are just plain UGLY.
The female has smaller mandibles than the male and she also has a large ovipoitor for laying eggs it looks like a stinger but is not.
Weta can bite and it hurts a bit but is not toxic and does not happen very often.

To see a male Tree Weta visit Lord Potty he has a good example on display.

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Hi David,
e very impressive insect in a good pose. I don't know what you did with the colours but they seem much to intense to me.

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