Wetas and other things.

See the scary weta

See the scary weta

Greeting loyal readers.  This morning mummy was in the laundry, watering her plants.  Don’t ask.  For some reason she has set up a plant nursery in the laundry.  She felt something brush her food and she looked down and there was a weta.  Now, for those of you who have never heard of a weta, they are large native insects, that could bit you.  Me and Nellie were very glad We did not met it.  You can read all about them:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weta

Me and Nellie have been very good.  We have not done any mid-night barking or chased run after any chickens.  Love Nellie and Jasper, the two bestest maremmas in all the land.

Rosie and Strawberrry, the two maine coons in a box

Rosie and Strawberry, the two maine coons in a box

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14 Responses to Wetas and other things.

  1. catchatcaren says:

    ewwww I have never heard of a Weta and I sure never want to meet one! Ewwww! Love the kitties in a box! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  2. Dougall says:

    Wow that is one HUGE buggy!

  3. Zena says:

    Okay. You have just reminded The Producer of another reason she left New Zealand!!!!!
    The first time she met a Weta (she had never heard or seen one before), a two year old child was brushing at this ‘thing’ with a yard brush. ‘Is he meant to be doing that?’ asked The Producer of his mother thinking that the ‘thing’ was a horrible toy!! The mother screamed, grabbed her child and began to run. When The Producer realised that it was an insect and real she ran with them!!!!
    You must know something about The Producer – she detests insects. She can cope with itsy-bitsy spiders but anything larger than a small coin has her runnning out of the house 🙂

    • Mummy remined Me to ask “what about snakes?”. At, least New Zealand doesn’t have any nasty poisoness snakes.

      • Zena says:

        That is true, but Victoria (especially in our garden which has the grass short) is not too bad for snakes. I’m not allowed to romp free in the bush near long grass. In our ten years here we haven’t seen a snake.

  4. Ooh yuck! Glad you didn’t have the chance to meet this one!
    Oink oink,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

  5. Aplha male in mangamahu says:

    Weta are wonderful insects. Some of them freeze over winter into blocks of ice and then thaw out again. They only bite if you poke them. They can crawl on your hand no problems at all. That one is just a baby. Now, a Giant Weta – that is as big as a hand.

  6. robynwp says:

    Hi Jasper & Nellie!! Wally & Sammy here, we saw you visited our blog and we thought we’d pop past and meet you back!

    That Weta looks kinda similar to a giant cricket-thingy we get here in South Africa, locally we call it a Parktown Prawn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parktown_prawn) they are awful, stinky things that squirt out poo (YES, poo!) when they get a fright.

    We’re glad you didn’t come face-to-face with your Weta!

    Have a grrrreat weekend & bark soon.

  7. Boomdeeadda says:

    Holy crackers, that’s beastly! Don’t see those here, thank goodness. I read they are nocturnal, I’ll remember that if I ever am lucky enough to visit New Zealand. Are those more furry room mates of yours? I love the name “Strawberry”..so cute!

  8. I thought it was a cricket…they sound horrid!

  9. onebluedog says:

    That thing looks dangerous! I am glad you are all safe!

  10. tylersat99 says:

    Whether they are mean or dangerous or not, they look really creepy. I do not think we would ever like to meet one of those. I am glad we do not have those here; we have enough scary looking insects already. Glad no one was hurt by the Weta!

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