Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Tree weta

Hemideina thoracica White

Order: Orthoptera
Family: Anostostomatidae

Size range

  • Length up to 40 mm long


  • New Zealand native
  • Found in forest, gardens, on shrubs

Life History

  • Nocturnal activity
  • Feeds on plants and small insects
  • Has strong jaws, could bite if cornered
  • Makes a rasping sound by rubbing a rough patch on the inside of the hind leg against a file on the body

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