The Giant Weta is a large and fascinating insect native to New Zealand. As the heaviest insect in the world, some Giant Weta species can weigh over 71 grams, more than three times the size of a mouse. Belonging to the cricket family, there are 11 known species of Giant Weta that are nocturnal and usually hide during the day under leaves, bark, or other debris. Interestingly, females tend to be larger than males. Females also lay hundreds of eggs at once to help their species survive.
Giant Wetas are currently endangered primarily due to habitat loss and predators introduced to New Zealand. Conservation groups are working hard to protect the insects and preserve their homeland. Efforts focus on controlling predators and restoring natural environments. With success of conservation work, future generations may be able to learn about and see Giant Wetas in their native habitat.