Hemeroplanes triptolemus, hawk moth larvae, mimicking a snake.
The Weta is one of the largest and
heaviest insects in the world. They are found in a wide variety of
environments due to their ability to cope with variations in temperate.
They have large jaws and are known to hiss and bite when threatened.
Native to Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Japan and parts of Australia, the
species uses its unusual tentacles to produce a special pheromone
designed to help it attract a mate.
Composer Jim Wilson has recorded the sound of
crickets and then slowed down the recording, revealing something
The crickets sound like they are singing the most angelic
chorus in perfect harmony. Though it sounds like human voices,
everything you hear in the recording is the crickets themselves.
The recording contains two tracks played at the same time: The first
is the natural sound of crickets played at regular speed, and the second
is the slowed down version of crickets’ voices.
“I discovered that when I slowed down this recording to
various levels, this simple familiar sound began to morph into something
very mystic and complex… almost human.”
The froghoppers, or the superfamily Cercopoide, are best known for the nymph stage, which produces a cover of frothed-up plant sap resembling spit; the nymphs are therefore commonly known as spittlebugs and their froth as cuckoo spit, frog spit or snake spit.
The froth serves a number of purposes. It hides the nymph from the view of predators and parasites, it insulates against heat and cold, thus providing thermal control and also moisture control. Without the froth the insect would quickly dry up.
A katydid molting.
Adult female Hymenopus Coronatus (Orchid mantis) in a threat display.