Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

March 3, 2010

Painted Boxes: Weta

Filed under: Art,Henderson,Insects,Painted Boxes — paul @ 8:28 am
Painted Boxes: Weta. Corner Alderman Drive and Great North Road, Henderson

Painted Boxes: Weta. Corner Alderman Drive and Great North Road, Henderson

This colourful traffic control box is situated at the corner of Alderman Drive and Great North Road in Henderson. Its painter (“SK” – Waitakere City’s Community Arts Coordinator Julie Nash tells me he is Sean Kerrigan, and the title is “Weta Cosmology” – thanks Julie!) shows a dramatic version of male weta, a grasshopper-like insect. Occasionally, one of them finds its way into our house, but with their prickly legs, they have a hard time in the fibres of the carpet – then we might find them and show them their proper habitat.

There are quite a range of different weta, and they are essentially harmless creatures. New Zealand’s famous Weta Workshop takes its name from this ferocious looking creature.

Here are a couple of images of the real thing (Auckland tree weta, males with the big face armour):

Auckland Tree Weta

Auckland Tree Weta

Auckland Tree Weta

Auckland Tree Weta

Look at Traffic Stopping Boxes in Brisbane.

1 Comment

  1. very scary soldiers!

    Comment by herta — March 3, 2010 @ 11:54 am

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