Goliath Birdeater – Theraphosa blondi LATREILLE, 1804

The Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi) is a spider belonging to the tarantula family, Theraphosidae. It is considered to be the second largest spider in the world (by leg-span, it is second to the giant huntsman spider), and it may be the largest by mass. It is also called the Goliath bird-eating spider; the practice of … Read more Goliath Birdeater – Theraphosa blondi LATREILLE, 1804

Giant weta – a kind of huge cricket or grasshopper

Fortunately for most of us this terrifying looking critter is only found on New Zealand, tough break Kiwis. The ugly bugger is a giant weta, a kind of huge cricket or grasshopper. The giant wetas are supposed to have come about due to New Zealand’s lack of land mammals, until humans arrived there. A phenomenon … Read more Giant weta – a kind of huge cricket or grasshopper

“King of Wasps” found in Indonesia

Two-and-a-half inch monster has jaws longer than its legs… A new species of wasp discovered on the Indonesian island Sulawesi is two-and-a-half inches long, and has jaws so vast that its discoverer admits, ‘I don’t know how it can walk.’ Lynn Kimsey, professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, says ‘Its jaws are … Read more “King of Wasps” found in Indonesia