Neonetus variegatus

Rhaphidophoridae  : Macropathinae

This little "cave" weta is common throughout the North Island: Wellington to East Cape to New Plymouth to Ahipara. It is not found in caves but under any loose bark or the folded decayed and drying bases of nikau palm leaves lying on the ground. Although this species is widespread it has several highly localised relatives that can not be easily distinguished on their form and colour pattern.

Text updated: 8/05/2006