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Wellington Tree Weta

Wellington Tree Weta
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ100, Raynox DCR 150 macro lens
Exposure: f/8, 2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-28 21:31
Viewed: 9734
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the first few macros taken yesterday with my new camera, the Panasonic Lumix FZ100.
Obviously,I'm very pleased with it :)
This fearsome looking giant is really quite a docile vegetarian, and can usually be handled without too much fear of a bite or scratch.
I found this one in my garage. It was too wet to take photos utside, so I used mossy bits of rotting wood to create a wee modelling studio in a baking tray in my lounge. Lighting is entirely natural daylight.

Here's some more stuff about Weta from Wikipedia...

Weta is the name given to about 70 insect species endemic to New Zealand. There are many similar species around the world, though most are in the southern hemisphere.
Many weta are large by insect standards and some species are among the largest and heaviest in the world. Their physical appearance is like a katydid or long-horned grasshopper or a cricket, but the hind legs are enlarged and usually very spiny. Many are wingless. Because they can cope with variations in temperature, weta are found in a variety of environments including alpine, forests, grasslands, caves, shrub lands and urban gardens. They are nocturnal and all New Zealand species are flightless. Different species have different diets. Most weta are predators or omnivores preying on other invertebrates, but the tree and giant weta eat mostly lichens, leaves, flowers, seed-heads and fruit.
Defensive male Wellington tree weta

Weta can bite with powerful mandibles. Tree weta bites are painful but not particularly common. Weta can inflict painful scratches, with the potential of infection, but their defence displays consist of looking large and spiky, and they will retreat if given a chance. Tree weta arc their hind legs into the air in warning to foes and then strike downwards so that the spines could scratch the eyes of a predator. Pegs or ridges at the base of the abdomen are struck by a patch of fine pegs at the base (inner surface) of the legs and this action makes a distinctive sound. These actions are also used in defence of a gallery by competing males. The female weta looks as if she has a stinger, but it is an ovipositor, which enables her to lay eggs inside rotting wood[1] or soil. Some species of Hemiandrus have very short ovipositors, related perhaps to their burrowing into soil and laying their eggs in a special chamber at the end of the burrow.

...(from Wikipedia)

Hope you like this beautiful creature.
Thanks for looking.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-28 22:13]

Hello Steve,
I'm impressed by your new camera and the way you used it to get this great shot of this Tree Weta cricket. I assume it is a pretty large insect.
The Sharpness and DOF are top class with the POV and BG being excellent.
As you found it in your garage I think you were right to set up a studio to take this, though the TN TOS cast some doubt of this method of photography.
Thanks and kind regards,

hello Steve
nice to see your shot again. I have not met them for a long time.
this is very interesting Orthopteran species with large mandibles. It look like some Saga species here.
you greatly captured it with great sharp details and from fronto-lateral POV. colors and light using great. thanks for shring.
I wish you great shots with your new camera. best wishes my friend

Namastay Steve,
Welcome back and also Congrats for the new camera. A lovely capture of this beautiful weta. Good frontal POV with sharp details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-29 3:05]

Hi Steve,this is truely fantastic.What a interesting specie and what a impressive pic.The sharpness and the colors and wonderfull,very brilliant choice too of this low point of view...2 points are not enough!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Ciao Steve, congratulations for your new camera, beautiful macro with wonderful monster, fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-09-29 6:11]

Hello Steve
Wow! Very interesting insect
Thanks for sharing

hello Steve
YES this insect is very cool
great details and good sharpness
i like this picture with this monster
great shot
greeting lou

HI Steve,

innovative process for this image great result. Enjoy your new camera. Look forward to some more wonderful images. Regards

Hi Steve,

Nice to see you again. Welcome back with this spectacular insact! What a big head part! Awesome presentation MF!
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-09-30 1:47]

Beautiful and unusual insect. Excellent capture. You new camera does well...



WOW! I knew that Lumix would be great in your hands. Did you pick it up with your hands? The insect I mean. Your image is fascinating. I have often heard tales of bugs from OZ and NZ....Great show. Hope never to see in person.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-09-30 16:25]

Awesome image Steve!!!
The detail and color are simply stunning. Your new camera seems to be doing a fine job! Superb photo in every aspect!!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2010-09-30 16:29]

It's a scary beast!!! My heart jumps terribly when I find one of these wetas Steve...
This fellow looks quite gigantic - especially his head. And the BG material looks very natural - and a much warmer place than outdoors.
Great shot - you must be thrilled with your camera.
Kia ora

Hello again Steve,
I looked at your photos, to see when you began with the Lumix and macro lens! ... I think that this level of approach is more suitable for the combination. The result is wonderful! ... What details! bravo! Good job! ... And what an amazing insect! ... Thanks for sharing, I look forward to more pictures!

Hi steve,

Really interesting specie. The sharpness & POV is very good.
You mention that it is quite & vegi but it is looking so scary.


Very nice well focused and composed photo. We found a similar species in Papua New Guinea tha lived inside old dead bamboo. They had very large and strong mandables and I am sure could inflict a very painful mechanical bite. TFS this unique species.

Best Wishes,


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