This one’s for the younger trappers amongst you…
If rat numbers come down you will see a lot more wētā in our area.
Wētā have evolved in New Zealand for millions of years using camouflage and darkness to hide from their natural predators like birds and lizards. Now we have mammals like rats which hunt at night by smell so wētā have little chance. If you have lots of wētā you have a healthy ecosystem in your backyard!
Look at this big mama one, you can tell it’s a female because she has an egg laying spike on her backside.