One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large black wingless cockroach which emits an unpleasant smell when disturbed.
Platyzosteria novaeseelandiae, suborder Blattodea
- ‘The ground on which our camp was situated had been bush, and had plenty of logs and stumps on it, and the camp swarmed with ‘Maori bugs,’ as the men called them.’
- ‘Of special interest are the Maori bug, bush cockroach, large stick insect, bush weta, cave weta, giant tree weta, true locust, and the katydid.’
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