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Wētā (also spelled weta) is the common name for a group of about 70 insect species in the families Anostostomatidae and Rhaphidophoridae. They are found in New Zealand.[1] They are giant flightless crickets, and some are among the heaviest insects in the world.[2] Wētā are preyed on by introduced mammals, and some species are now critically endangered.

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  1. Phoenix Group Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics (31 January 2020). "WētāGeta". Massey University. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  2. Trewick, Steve; Morgan-Richards, Mary (2014). NZ wild life : introducing the weird and wonderful character of natural New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: Penguin. ISBN 9780143568896. OCLC 881301862.