Bronze Sculpture - NZ Native Giant Weta - by Kenmore Auton
Giant Weta - Male
Signed by the artist, Kenmore Auton.
Overall length approximately 24cm.
Ken's bronze weta is perfect in it's detail, and is life-sized and anatomically correct! Ken's background as a classically trained manufacturing jeweller ensures a high degree of attention to detail and the quality of his work is evident. Ken's creatures are free-standing or can be hung on the wall.
About the Wētāpunga (Giant Weta):
Wētāpunga is a New Zealand's giant wētā species and the biggest of this type. When fully grown they can even be heavier than a mouse or sparrow.
During the day they usually hide in dead foliage such as the drooping dead fronds of tree ferns, nīkau palms or cabbage trees. At night they leave their resting places to move around in trees or on the ground.
Adult wētāpunga only live for about 6-9 months, during which time they will mate repeatedly. The females lay many groups of eggs in soft soil on the forest floor.