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These large insects occupy the same ecological niche in New Zealand, as rodents do elsewhere. What is it? Weta.
Weta are very large by insect standards, with body length up to 10cm (4 inches). Their physical appearance is like a katydid, long-horned grasshopper, or cricket, but the hind legs are enlarged and usually very spiny.
What is happening here? A wasp captured a tarantula.
The female wasp named tarantula hawk captures, stings, and paralyzes the spider, then either drags her prey back into her own burrow, where a single egg is laid on the spider’s abdomen. Of these two, you should rather avoid the wasp, as it's sting is among the most painful of any insects, second maybe to bullet ant only.
Why is a bullet ant called a 'bullet'? Its bite feels like a bullet.
The ant named on account of its powerful and potent sting. It inhabits humid lowland rain forests from Nicaragua to Brazil, where it is often called "Hormiga Veinticuatro" or "24 (hour) ant", referring to the "waves of burning, throbbing, all-consuming pain that continues unabated for up to 24 hours".
Which animal order has the most species? Coleoptera (beetles).
Almost 25% of all known types of animal life-forms are beetles. About 40% of all described insect species are beetles (about 400,000 species), and new species are discovered frequently. It is widely accepted that the total number of all beetles species (including the undescribed ones) is higher than one million.
What is the name of this butterfly? Greta morgane (thick-tipped greta).
Greta morgane is a diurnal butterfly of the subfamily Milkweed butterflies, or Danainae. It is one of the few butterfly species with wings that are completely transparent apart from the margins. The distribution area extends from Central America to the south of Texas.
Which disease does tsetse fly transmit? Sleeping sickness.
There are 23 species of tsetse flies, that inhabit much of mid-continental Africa between the Sahara and the Kalahari deserts. The tsetse fly serves as both a host and vector for the trypanosome parasites