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Small insect on antennae
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
March 16, 2012 7:59 pm
Hiya, I’ve got this photo of a weta and it was only after downloading it from my camera that I noticed there was a tiny little insect attached to the weta’s antennae. Can you tell me what it is? It’s got claws like a crab or scorpion. This was taken in Karori, Wellington, NZ in my front garden. Lots of stones and trees.
Signature: Thank you, Angela

Phoresy: Pseudoscorpion hitches ride on Weta!!!

Dear Angela,
You have taken a marvelous photograph.  First we must say that we love your New Zealand Wetas.  They are amazing insects.  The hitchhiker is a harmless Pseudoscorpion.  The act of using another creature for transportation purposes is known as phoresy, and we have several interesting images of Pseudoscorpions engaging in phoresy on our website, including a House Fly, an Ichneumon, a Cranefly and a Longicorn.  Thank you again for your wonderful photograph.

Pseudoscorpion on Weta Antenna


What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
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