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!
Chinese Moon Moth (Actias luna) Luna -- This rare moon moth is half Spanish and half Chinese. Luna Moths are huge moths, with a wingspan of four and a half inches. They have a white body, pinkish legs, and huge pale green wings. The hindwings have eyespots and long tails. They fly, only at night, in Spring and early Summer. Luna Moths were once very common, but are now considered an endangered species in some areas.
Swallowtails have the greatest diversity of shapes. As a group, the swallowtails have a remarkable diversity of shape compared with the other butterfly familes such as the Whites and Browns. It is the Far Eastern Tropics where they reach their greatest range of forms as this Polyeuctes Swallowtail demonstrates.
Cellar Spider. NZ. Treat this as your friend despite it having one of the most potent venoms of any spider. It is not able to bite through human skin but will usually get the better of a White Tail spider many times its weight. There is a great TV programme about this which I will try to upload later. If you see one, usually in the corner of your ceiling, put your finger near it and it should start shaking. This is part of its strategy in dealing with a White Tail. (I repin this since when I…
Incredible moment a fox nosedives into the snow to catch its prey