Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
Like Tree12Likes

Here is a Living Fossil-Hemideina thoracica

This is a discussion on Here is a Living Fossil-Hemideina thoracica within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    kiwiorchids's Avatar
    kiwiorchids is offline Plant Nut
    Real Name
    Jordan Healey
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    The Weird and the Wonderful!
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    Posts
    3,382
    Member's Country Flag
    Recipes
    12

    Default Here is a Living Fossil-Hemideina thoracica

    Hemideina thoracica, the Auckland Tree Weta or Tokoriro is a New Zealand native, as are all of the Wetas. This guy here is only a teenager, he still has a bit to go yet before he is fully grown. BUT, even fully grown, he isnt close to being the largest of them all, a couple of cave wetas are larger, and the Giant Weta is the largest, easily dwarfing my hand! Not to mention, it outweighs almost all insects on the planet. they are heavyweight champs!

    Groups of these AMAZING creatures include:
    Tree Wetas
    Giant Wetas
    Tusked Wetas
    Cave Wetas
    Ground wetas

    All together there are around 70 species.

    Just chillin'.....Note the visible ear-drums/holes on the forelegs.....(also my FAVORITE photo )
    Name:  SAM_1038.JPG
Views: 1381
Size:  224.4 KB

    Being photogenic....
    Name:  SAM_1039.JPG
Views: 1615
Size:  209.5 KB

    Comparison with a standard AA sized Battery-aprox 2x the size from tail to tip of the antennae!
    Name:  SAM_1035.JPG
Views: 451
Size:  203.0 KB

    On my hand just before he decided to run up my arm and bite and hiss at me....
    Name:  SAM_1040.JPG
Views: 850
Size:  210.1 KB

    Some extra reading about Tree Wetas, for your pleasure (From Te Ara NZ)

    Tree weta (Hemideina) are those most commonly encountered in suburban settings in the North Island. They are up to 40 mm long and most commonly live in holes in trees formed by beetle and moth larvae or where rot has set in after a twig has broken off. The hole, called a gallery, is maintained by the weta and any growth of the bark surrounding the opening is chewed away. They readily occupy a preformed gallery in a piece of wood (a weta motel) and can be kept in a suburban garden as pets. A gallery might house a harem of up to ten juveniles of both sexes, females and one male. Tree weta are nocturnal. Their diet consists of plants and small insects. The males have much larger jaws than the females, though both sexes will hiss and bite when threatened.

    There are seven species of tree weta:

    The Auckland tree weta Hemideina thoracica (also called tokoriro) can be found throughout the North Island apart from the Wellington-Wairarapa region.

    The Wellington tree weta H. crassidens occupies Wellington, the Wairarapa, the northern parts of South Island, and the West Coast.

    H. crassidens crassicruris was described from Stephens Island but is now recognized as H. crassidens.

    H. trewicki in Hawke's Bay.

    H. femorata in Marlborough and Canterbury.

    A rare H. ricta species in Banks Peninsula.

    The West Coast bush weta H. broughi largely overlaps with the Wellington tree weta in Nelson and the northern portion of the West Coast.

    H. maori, the mountain stone weta, lives in the drier areas of the South Island high country from the Kaikoura Ranges south to Rock and Pillar Range near Dunedin. At most sites it lives on the ground, under stones or in crevices but in at least two island (within lakes) sites which have not been modified greatly it happily lives both in trees and on the ground.

    Mountain stone weta can survive being frozen for months in a state of suspended animation down to temperatures of -10°C. This is because their haemolymph (the insect equivalent of blood) contains special proteins that prevent ice from forming in their cells. It also displays the defensive behaviour of "playing dead", by lying still for a short time on its back with legs splayed and claws exposed and jaws wide open ready to scratch and bite.

  2. #2
    eorchids's Avatar
    eorchids is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Eric
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleya, Laelia, Phalaenopsis
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Orléans, France
    Posts
    1,886
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Thanks for sharing, Jordan.

  3. #3
    catttan's Avatar
    catttan is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Yew-Sung
    My Grow Area
    Outside 24/7
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    cattleyas, vandaceous,paphios
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Kedah, Peninsular Malaysia
    Posts
    15,877
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Interesting. Thanks for posting

  4. #4
    Brutal_Dreamer's Avatar
    Brutal_Dreamer is offline Dreaming with my eyes open...
    Real Name
    Bruce Brown
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleyas & Slippers
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    34,003
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Bit and hiss at you??? haha... that guy is huge! Great photos, Jordan!

    cheers,
    BD

  5. #5
    panam's Avatar
    panam is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Patty
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    What isn't?!
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Yuma, AZ: The little corner where Arizona, California and Mexico meet.
    Posts
    3,094
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    I hope you didn't bite him back!

  6. #6
    pavel's Avatar
    pavel is offline change is the only constant
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    whatever will bloom
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    8,643
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Neat critter, Jordan. I would like to own a few. Unfortunately, as I understand it, wetas -- particularly the giant weta -- are becoming endangered largely through introduction of invasive species.

  7. #7
    kiwiorchids's Avatar
    kiwiorchids is offline Plant Nut
    Real Name
    Jordan Healey
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    The Weird and the Wonderful!
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    Posts
    3,382
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    No Porblem you guys

    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Bit and hiss at you??? haha... that guy is huge! Great photos, Jordan!

    cheers,
    BD
    Yep! He bit me on the inside of my elbow! And he hissed at me as he ran up my arm to do it! He got flung off in a hurry.....

    Quote Originally Posted by panam View Post
    I hope you didn't bite him back!
    It was tempting.....very.....

    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Neat critter, Jordan. I would like to own a few. Unfortunately, as I understand it, wetas -- particularly the giant weta -- are becoming endangered largely through introduction of invasive species.
    Yes, unfortunatly, the Possums have taken a liking to them....like they have with the Southern and Northern Ratas, Tui and Kokako Eggs, and all sorts of other stuff. It is becoming a depressing situation....

  8. #8
    jai_star's Avatar
    jai_star is offline Senior Member
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cymbidium , Phalaneopsis
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Posts
    342
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    These guys freak me out but I see the fascination in them
    Posted via Mobile Device

  9. #9
    Kmac's Avatar
    Kmac is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Kathi
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    How can I pick just one???
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Posts
    2,515
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    If insects had movies where an ordinary one was hit with some radioactive beam and became a superhero...this is what I envision it might look like!

  10. #10
    cakedaddy's Avatar
    cakedaddy is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    jason
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Florida Panhandle
    Posts
    2,021

    Default

    They are certainly interesting creatures! I doubt holding one would be doable for me however! I have no problem holding a spider...but an insect is another story! Probably due to the oversized cockroaches that tend to skulk about dorm rooms in the Southeastern US!
    Posted via Mobile Device

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. The Living List
    By Cybrczch in forum Members' Growlists
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: April 11th, 2007, 11:46 PM
  2. Phrag. Living Fire
    By Piper in forum Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: October 26th, 2006, 08:24 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.