Green triangle faced praying mantis up close and personal. Too close, seems to bare teeth at you! Enlarge to notice the details of the antennae. Over 2,400 species of mantis, whose diet changes as it ages. Closest relatives: termites & cockroaches. NOT same as stick or leaf insects with raptor like front legs. Can see up to 65 feet / 20 meters!
Some types of ants, like fire ants are venomous. Ant bites and stings are typically painful and result in a red skin bump. There may also be itchiness, redness, and swelling at the site. Carpenter ants bite and, although they are not venomous, they spray formic acid into the bite, which causes a burning feeling
White Tail Spider. There are more than 2,000 species of spider in New Zealand. Some spiders cast wind-born filaments thousands of feet into the sky with their eggs attached. The White Tail, shown here, (12 to 18 mm) is aggressive and will not usually back down even against us humans. Their bite is really nasty, and their venom is necrotising and can cause severe ulceration. I know, I have been bitten on my leg. I may upload a picture later but its not very nice!