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Post by Rockhopper on Sun Sep 14, 2014 4:35 pm

One of NZ's Native insect eating snails. They grow quite big too.



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Post by Kaere on Sun Sep 14, 2014 4:37 pm

Holy Hannah!!

...NZ sounds skeery.
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Post by Agartha on Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:29 am

OMG!! Why did I watch it?????
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Post by Kaere on Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:42 am

...just like a big fat noodle *slurps*
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Post by Agartha on Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:54 am

Not helping, Kaere......... I've just forgotten all about it.... until now! LOL
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Post by Rockhopper on Tue Sep 16, 2014 3:58 pm

Then you won't want to run into these Ags!

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They are Wetas, and come from the same ancestor as the crickets, grasshoppers etc. Remained unchanged for 200 million years.

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Post by Lenzabi on Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:08 pm

I have heard of the Weta, snail ate that earthworm like a noodle shop buffet.

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Post by Agartha on Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:22 am

Wetas are beautiful!! I like little critters, but the snail sucking up that worm was just disgusting!!! lol
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Post by Kaere on Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:28 am

... are they a jumpy type of critter? *face goes pale*

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Post by Agartha on Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:46 am

@Kaere wrote:... are they a jumpy type of critter? *face goes pale*


Oh I'm sure they are, look at those legs!!!

Love jumpy critters!!
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Post by Rockhopper on Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:26 pm

They prefer to run rather than jump Ka.

The first two are harmless, the last one can and does bite. Not poisonous but the bite hurts like hell!

The Giant Weta is one of the biggest insects in the world and is about the size of a large mouse. We used to play with them when I was a young shaver!

Scientists are studying them because of their ability to freeze solid then thaw and run away again. That is how they hibernate over winter, crawl into a pond and let it freeze around them. When it thaws, they scuttle off!!

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Post by Lenzabi on Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:55 pm

and the spines show they know how to fight.

I also watched an associated video once the snail one ended, snail slurping worms like a noodle is nothing compared to the idea that we are always parasitized


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Post by Kaere on Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:01 pm

@Lenzabi wrote:and the spines show they know how to fight.

I also watched an associated video once the snail one ended, snail slurping worms like a noodle is nothing compared to the idea that we are always parasitized

pale ew...
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Post by Kaere on Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:05 pm

@Rockhopper wrote:They prefer to run rather than jump Ka.

The first two are harmless, the last one can and does bite. Not poisonous but the bite hurts like hell!

The Giant Weta is one of the biggest insects in the world and is about the size of a large mouse. We used to play with them when I was a young shaver!

Scientists are studying them because of their ability to freeze solid then thaw and run away again. That is how they hibernate over winter, crawl into a pond and let it freeze around them. When it thaws, they scuttle off!!

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That can't be natural lol... freezing and then walking away from it?! And I'd like to point out the inherently scuttlelike behaviour of lobsters! These are just landscuttling lobster cousins... much cuter though, if I do say so. Those could almost be antlers!

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Post by Lenzabi on Fri Sep 19, 2014 1:09 am

Folks in South Africa do refer to their version as "Park town Prawns"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parktown_prawn

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Post by Rockhopper on Fri Sep 19, 2014 3:41 am

Yep Len they are a rellie of the Weta. Aussie has one as well. Don't know of any in Sth America though.

The Motunui Weta (bottom pic) eats insects and vegetation. The others don't, they are vegetarian.



And a Tree Weta de-freezing!

http://www.naturefootage.com/stockfootage/Alpine_Weta

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Post by Kaere on Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:31 am

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Post by Rogue on Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:17 am


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Post by Kaere on Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:07 pm

What the what?
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Post by Lenzabi on Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:30 pm

Water bear, microscopic super survivior

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