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Derbyana flower beetle on wood

Derbyana Flower Beetle

Dicronorhina derbyana

While in it's larval stage, the grub spends several months underground consuming broken-down leaf litter and recycling nutrients back into the soil. 

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Anthony's poison dart frog on moss

Anthony’s Poison Dart Frog

Epipedobates anthonyi

Protected by other predators' instinctive unwillingness to prey on them, Anthony's poison dart frog boldly hunts small insects during the day without fear.

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chinese crocodile lizard on rock

Chinese Crocodile Lizard

Shinisaurus crocodilurus

Mainly active during the day, it often enters into a metabolic pause, remaining completely still and unresponsive for hours at a time.

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orchid mantis on white background

Orchid Mantid

Hymenopus coronatus

The orchid mantid is a praying mantis named for its resemblance to an orchid flower

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2 giant water bugs. One has eggs on its back

Giant Water bug

Abedus herberti

This insect breathes at the surface or from an air bubble held under its wings when submerged, somewhat like a tiny SCUBA diver.

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side view of a giant walking stick

Giant Walking Stick

Phobaeticus serratipes

The giant walking stick is one of the longest walking sticks.

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male and female giant spiny leaf insects

Giant Spiny Leaf Insect

Heteropteryx dilatata

In this sexually dimorphic species, the female is green or yellow and leaf-shaped, while the male is brown and looks like a dead curled leaf.

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View of a giant jumping stick

Giant Jumping Stick


Is this insect a walking stick? Take a closer look at the hind legs—they’re modified for jumping. It actually is a stick-like grasshopper!

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african millipede

Giant African Millipede


This elongate arthropod moves slowly, thus, cannot make a quick escape.

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orb web spider on its web

Golden Silk Spider

Trichonephila clavipes

Up to three inches long, the female Florida orb web spider is five or six times larger than the male.

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fire bellied newt

Fire-bellied newt

Cynops pyrrhogaster

Less than six inches long, this aquatic amphibian feeds on insects and other invertebrates in slow-moving or still waters.

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Side view of Emperor Scorpion

Emperor Scorpion

Pandinus imperator

A young emperor scorpion kills its prey with venom injected through the sharp sting at the tip of its ‘tail.’

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poison dart frogs

Poison Dart Frog

Dendrobates tinctorius

Scientists are studying the frog’s toxins in search of potential medical uses.

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peruvian firestick

Peruvian Firestick

Oreophoetes peruana

When threatened, the firestick secretes a stinky and irritating body fluid.

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Peppered Roach

Archimandrita tesselata

Central AmericaCockroaches are a very misunderstood group of insects; out of over 4,000 species fewer than 20 are considered human pests.

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Ornate Horned Frog

Ceratophrys ornata

The ornate horned frog has pointy folds of skin above its eyes rather than actual horns.

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Naked Mole-rat

Heterocephalus glaber

Digging tunnels, gnawing roots, and defending against intruders are all functions of the naked mole-rat’s enormous incisors.

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crayfish underwater

Marbled Crayfish

Procambarus fallax

Breathing through feater-like gills, it feeds on and hides among aquatic plants to protect itself from fish, birds, and other predators.

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Magnificent Flower Beetle

Chelorrhina polyphemus

Males are larger than females and bear forked horns used in shoving matches with other males to protect their claim to food or a mate.

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Madagascar Giant Day Gecko

Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis

The gecko’s toe pads are specially designed for gripping so that it can climb vertical surfaces.

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