Living on the edge of a large section of [link=http://www.nz.com/tour/Waitakere/]native forest reserve[/link] means I get some pretty cool bugs & birds visiting the yard. So, in the mould of those "What I had for lunch" threads, I'd like to present a "Look what I found in my yard today" thread where hopefully you might learn a little about NZ fauna as you check out what I have photographed. Anyone else is welcome to contribute with photos of wild animals from their own yards, but I do ask that you provide actual photos you have taken, not just links to other's photos of the same animal found on the internet. Without further ado, here's the first creature, photographed yesterday; Cave Weta [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/cw3.jpg] [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/cw2.jpg] [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v194/jaepee/cw1.jpg] Wetas are a primitive cricket. There are several disctinct species (yes, that's what Peter Jackson named his FX company after - an in-joke can be seen in the King Kong trailer when a swarm of giant Weta attack Jack Black's character). The [link=http://www.kcc.org.nz/animals/weta/caveweta.asp]Cave Weta[/link] has huge spindly legs and long antenna and can jump a couple of metres at a time. This one would be about 20-25cm long if its legs were fully stretched out including antennae). They are harmless, though because of their size and ability to jump so high, they do frighten people. One of the cats brought this guy in yesterday, but I rescued it before any damage was done. And even though they're more common in caves, they live in all sorts of dark secluded areas.