Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Cave Weta

Photo by Dru Burger

Photo by Dru Burger

Gymnoplectron acanthocerum Milligan

Order: Orthoptera
Family: Rhaphidophoridae

Size range

  • Large insects, length of body plus legs and antennae can be 350 mm


  • New Zealand natives
  • In caves and other dark places

Life History

  • Feed on plants, fungi amd sometimes other insects
  • Active at night
  • Harmless to humans

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