June 26, 2008

A Prehistoric Visitor

So, after my walk home today, I (Darren) am about to put the key into the door to the front of our flat, and what should I see… a Weta! “Big Weta in My Back Yard!" (random Dead Milkmen reference sung here).

Yep, we had a visitor from New Zealands’ past stop by for a visit. I was told some time ago that this is very good luck and fortune for your home and family, so… guess we shall see.

In any case, I asked permission to take a few pictures and thanked him after (stop rolling your eyes - you would, or at least should, do this too) and then ran upstairs to share them with Dawn!

For those of you who have never seen these beautiful creatures, they are rare in areas like ours, so this is a very special treat; not to mention that they are very cool-looking, fierce little buggers.

If ever there was a question about New Zealand being one of the last truly untouched places on earth, these creatures that have stayed the same with little evolutionary change for millions of years (190 million to be exact!) are the living proof. Enjoy the pics and click the (weta) link above for more details. They are so amazing I am actually planning on getting a tattoo of one!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love the fact that you referenced The Dead Milkmen!

Cool bugs...

Marrisa said...

Absolutely brilliant Darren! Love it! We often find them in the garden and I think they are just awesome. Good luck with the tattoo idea - that's a fantastic idea! xx

Amy said...

You killed it, right? ;)

Nocturnal Queen said...

If I ever get to go to NZ, a weta is something I hope I don't see! lol Yikes. Creepy things.

Arthur (AmeriNZ) said...

The only weta I've seen in 12 years is one that kicked my dog in the nose, though he didn't seem to mind. I, however, retreated to the inside of the house.