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

Invasive Ladybugs – Secrets Of Their Success

Not everyone has what it takes to be a successful invader. Most species that find their way to foreign lands starve, get eaten or otherwise fail to establish themselves in significant numbers. But every so often an organism thrives so well in its new terrain, that it ends up trampling much of the native flora … Read more Invasive Ladybugs – Secrets Of Their Success

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