Gentle Giant Wetapunga by Annemarie Florian and Terry Fitzgibbon
Author: Florian, Annemarie
Impressed with the spectacular size and startling features of these colossal crickets, Maori dubbed them Wetapunga, god of ugly things. Later, scientists chose the genus name Deinacrida, demon grasshopper.
So far 11 Giant species have been identified spread throughout New Zealand and since 2009 the Weta Recovery Group established by the Dept of Conservation has collaborated with dedicated organisations, iwi and individuals to help safeguard this threatened species.
Reading age: 8 to 13 years.
RRP: Paperback NZ$24.99 Publisher: New Holland