Anostostimatidae & Friends
The first 5 beasts in this gallery are New Zealand examples of gigantism 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


 Casey Moore © 2018