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The weta (say it slowly) is New Zealand's locust. There are about 100 species, and about 10 are giant weta, weighing up to 70 grams (more than a sparrow, and among the heaviest insects in the world) and up to 20cm (8") long. They are scratchy to hold, but do not attack. The world-famous New Zealand special effects company is named for the insect.
The paperclip shows just how big this one is. Check out the other weta too.