He aha tēnei Pepeke?

Te aitanga pepeke

‘Te aitanga pepeke’ (the insect world) is the Māori phrase for insects and other creatures that have similar features: four or more legs, appear to sit in a crouching position, and some can leap or jump. The pūngāwerewere (spider), pepe pūrerehua (butterfly/moth), uruururoroa kapokapowai (dragonfly), rō (stick insect), and wētā all belong to this group.

They and other species such as the ngata (snail) and pī (bee), commonly found in New Zealand, each play a vital role in maintaining our healthy ecosystems.

Click on the link provided above to download the bilingual poster - 'He aha tēnei pepeke - What is that bug?"

We also recommend checking out Manaaki Whenua's online interactive tool "What is this bug?".

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