1080 kills Weta

Coromandel Our Backyard

Fern design on the weta’s legs – awesome!

1080 is an insecticide.
It kills beetles, earwigs, weta, grubs and
insects on the forest floor.

Then tiny birds eat the insects and die.
Tomtits, robins, grey warbler, whitehead and silvereye
die from secondary poisoning. Download and share the poster.


  1. Meads M. Effect of sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) on non target invertebrates of Whitecliffs Conservation Area, Taranaki. Unpublished; Landcare Research Contract Report: LC9394/126 (1994).
  2. Lloyd & McQueen: Secondary Poisoning of Insectivores. NZ Journal of Ecology, 2000.

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2 thoughts on “1080 kills Weta”

  1. This is basic science ay, so did DOC, Forest & Bird or anyone wise conduct any tests on the forest/wilderness insects, lizards, frogs and invertebrates to determine damage from the food chain? And of its long term consequences? I am a bug enthusiast, Matt and I are like kids (of old) when we go on adventures to the bush.. We turn logs & rocks over (I know, not environmentally kind), look under loose bark, in moss etc to see what creatures are lurking within. And there are places now which hold nothing, not even an earwig or centipede, when there used to be loads of things living in these places! And the bush is often silent, except for an occasional weka or fantail.. This is less likely rodents & far more likely to be poisoning of the small things down the food chain.

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    1. Hang no they don’t want anybody to know that Cat. They discourage testing of every kind & continue to reassure us it’s harmless & only kills rats & stoats. It’s all wearing thin now. Thanks for sharing that insight … people need to know.


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