insects

very big moth

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here’s a moth and my foot to show you how bit it was when folded in half

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it was flapping in the wind and crawling across the path.  it’s body underneath was about the size of a small mouse and just as furry.

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weta-bits

here are some bits of the planet’s heaviest insect on a bench in a mini museum.  just collected from around and about

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thankfully harmless, but quite horrendous to look at (size wise about the same as a kids hand)

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demonstration cockroaches

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museums love to shock when it comes to live cockroach displays.  i thought i’d share this with you.

moth

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cicada

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how can something so small make such a noise ?

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cockroaches and mosquitoes

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two things i really don’t like.  and spiders.  really fast running spiders which bite (in a non dangerous way).  don’t like them. at all.

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large centipede

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this small large centipede was in our house.  apparently they bite. yuck.

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weta bits

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weta’s are very strange beasties.  here’s one which was dead on a footpath. it’s a tree weta.  you can read more about wetas here

katydid

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still my favouritist insect

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crazy caterpillars

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i spotted these rather weird fruit on a tree and thought they looked intriguing.  it was only upon closer inspection that i found they contained monarch butterfly caterpillars

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lady bird

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insects are brilliant. little armoured chaps going about their business.

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bee in a rose

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i knew someone who had a bee in her bonnet  we all laughed as everyone knows bees should travel in your boot (or ‘trunk’ to any american readers).

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lady bird

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lady birds are quite cool.  i liked this one.

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here’s the flower san ladybird as they say in france.  probably.

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2 headed wasp

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i was sitting in the park with some people from the conference yesterday and one of them found this wasp which had another wasp’s head in its hands.  bit weird that isn’t it ?