Set of 2 snakes 3 spiders 1 scorpion and NZ stick insect.
Funnel Web spider. Funnel web spiders can be quite aggressive when threatened. …
Redback spider. Redback spiders hide in sheltered dry places such as mailboxes and garden sheds. Australian tarantulas are large spiders and can be much more aggressive than their South American relatives. If disturbed, individuals may ‘rear up’ and appear rather menacing. The bite is painful, as the fangs are large and can grow up to one centimetre long. Red-Bellied Black Snake This snake is dangerously venomous, but bites are rare because it is usually a placid and fairly docile snake. The Eastern brown snake is considered the second-most venomous terrestrial snake in the world
Such a cute version of Dinosaurs for the little ones! Dinosaurs walked the earth for over 165 million years.
They lived during a period of time known as the Mesozoic Era, or Age of Reptiles.
At the end of the Cretaceous Period they became extinct – that was around 65 million years ago.
Arriving on the scene around 300 million years ago, dragonflies were one of the first insects to inhabit this planet. They’ve had a long time to perfect the art of flying, hunting, and just being amazing. Here are a few facts that may change the way you look at these unique, ancient, and incredibly varied insects. Not only are they agile, but they’re fast, with some species reaching a top speed of 18 miles per hour (29 kph). They’re also known for their feats of endurance. One species called the globe skimmer, Pantala flavescens, flies across an ocean during migration, logging 11,000 miles (17,700 kilometers)
Ground beetles in the genus 'Brachinus' are commonly known as 'Bombardier Beetles' (more than 500 species altogether). Ground Beetles are known for their defensive ability to squirt a jet of hot foul-smelling liquid from their abdomens. Ground beetles in the subfamily 'Cicindelinae' are known as 'Tiger Beetles'. Although their body shapes and colouring vary, most are shiny black or metallic. They have ridged wing covers (elytra). The elytra are fused in some large flightless species.
Almost all carabids have a groove on their foreleg with a comb of hairs used to clean their antennae.
Ant Facts for Kids
There are more than 12,000 species of ants all over the world.
An ant can lift 20 times its own body weight. If a second grader was as strong as an ant, she would be able to pick up a car!
Some queen ants can live for many years and have millions of babies!
Ants don’t have ears. Ants “hear” by feeling vibrations in the ground through their feet.
When ants fight, it is usually to the death!
When foraging, ants leave a pheromone trail so that they know where they’ve been.
Queen ants have wings, which they shed when they start a new nest.
Ants don’t have lungs. Oxygen enters through tiny holes all over the body and carbon dioxide leaves through the same holes.
When the queen of the colony dies, the colony can only survive a few months. Queens are rarely replaced and the workers are not able to reproduce.
Rhino Beetles are said to be the strongest animals on the planet. They are able to lift up to 850 times their own body weight. That’s like a human lifting up four double-decker buses filled with passengers. Rhino Beetle horns might look solid but they are actually quite light.
At 7cm in length the shiny black Rhinoceros Beetle or Rhino Beetle (Xylotrupes ulysses) is Australia’s largest beetle. Only the males have horns; they use them to fight with other males to win the attention of their favourite females.
Rhino Beetle babies are huge too. They are c-shaped, white grubs with fine reddish hairs and a brown head. At full size, they can be up to 7 cm long and really plump.
Most adult Stag Beetle species don’t eat much – just a very rare treat of nectar, sap or young tree shoots. Many types of Stag Beetle don’t eat anything at all once they hatch as adults. Some male Stag Beetles can live for two summer seasons. Stag beetles is a family of about 1,200 species of beetles in the family Lucanidae, currently classified in four subfamilies. Some species grow to over 12 centimetres, but most to about 5 cm.
Butterfly wings are transparent. Buttterflies only live for a few weeks.
There are almost 20,000 butterfly species.
Butterflies use their feet to taste. Butterflies have a liquid diet
The most common butterfly in the US is the Cabbage White.
Some butterfly species migrate from the cold.
One of the largest butterflies is the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly.
Butterfly wings help them against predators. Butterflies actually have four wings, not two