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Vulnerable (VU)

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During their life span of a little over two years, Poor Knights weta pass through 9 to 11 nymphal stages before reaching maturity (4) (5). Egg-laying can take place at any time of the year throughout the female's adult life. Between 200 and 300 eggs per clutch are laid in the ground (4). These nocturnal insects mainly feed on vegetation such as leaves, fruit and fungi, with invertebrates only forming a minor part of the diet (2) (4).

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