Anostostimatidae & Friends




The first 5 beasts in this gallery are New Zealand examples of gigantism, insects evolving in the absence of mammals. The giant Weta is the heaviest insect the world. The others shown here form an ongoing collection of animals from around the world. Some will have suffered, being washed up in a swimming pool in Italy or chased around an Austrian town before ending up in front of the lens. Others have died of natural causes and were simply picked up where they fell.









Giant Weta - Anostostimatidae Deinacrida spp






Puriri Moth - Aenetus virescens





Giant Bush Dragonfly - Uropetala Carovei






Huhu Beetle - Prionoplus Reticularis






Giraffe Wevil - Asiorhynchus Barbicornis






Black Veined White Butterfly - Aporia crataegi






Two Puss Moths - Cerura vinula






Thorny Seahorse #1 - Hippocampus histrix






Thorny Seahorse #2 - Hippocampus histrix






Muscid Fly - Graphomya maculata






Winter Moth - Operophtera brumata






Essex Emerald Moth (extinct since 1991) - Thetidia smaragdaria






Male Common Blue - Polyommatus icarus






Tree Wasp - Dolichovespula sylvestris


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