Thursday, 1 December 2016

Feathered Stars (Amazing Videos)

The amazing creature you are about to see is commonly known as "feathered starfish":

Feathered starfishes are not true starfishes. They are crinoids and are marine animals that make up the class Crinoidea of the echinoderms (phylum Echinodermata). Their name comes from the Greek word krinon, "a lily", and eidos, "form".These bizarre creatures live both in shallow water and in depths as great as 9,000 meters (30,000 ft). Some of those crinoids spend their adult life attached to the sea bottom by a stalk. These crinoids are called sea lilies.

The unstalked species (like the one in the video) are called feather starfishes or just feathered stars. Here's another video showing one:

Photo by Image by Jules Nene

Monday, 28 November 2016

New Groin Flashing Frog Discovered

Researchers recently announced the discovery of a frog whose groin flashes orange to scare away predators! The species was discovered in Australia.

When biologist Simon Clulow spotted a frog with an unusual marble pattern on its belly, he knew it could be a new species. If that turned to be true, it would be very surprising as the sighting took place on land close to an airport and not some remote area.

"Nowadays many new discoveries are based primarily on genetics, that is, the frogs look similar to other known species but when we analyse them in the lab we find they differ genetically. It's almost unheard-of to pick up a vertebrate in the field and know instantly, based on appearance alone, that it is a new species." said Clulow, of the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Uperoleia mahonyi: Groin flasing toad!
Uperoleia mahonyi

The species, found at Oyster Cove near Newcastle Airport in New South Wales, has been scientifically described as Uperoleia mahonyi, or "Mahony's Toadlet" in common language. The species was named after Professor Michael Mahony, frog expert, conservationist and Clulow's mentor, Although a frog rather than a toad, the word "toadlet" was added because the glands on its back look similar to those found on some toads in Europe and the Americas.

"They are highly secretive. Individuals remain well camouflaged and hidden under grass, leaves and sand," Clulow said, adding that the best way to find one is by following their mating call, an audible "squelch" that lasts less than a second.

When confronted by predators, the frog extends its legs and flashes its orange groin. Clulow believes this startles predators, winning the frog some time to escape.

 Although the species is superficially similar to other Uperoleia in the area, it is still morphologically very different than any other species in the area it was discovered. The researchers behind the discovery noted that any thorough inspection of the animal by an experienced amphibian ecologist should have identified it as novel. According to them, other people have probably seen the species in the past, yet they simply failed to identify it as an undescribed species!

- CLULOW, S., ANSTIS, M., KEOGH, J., & CATULLO, R. (2016). A new species of Australian frog (Myobatrachidae: Uperoleia) from the New South Wales mid-north coast sandplains Zootaxa, 4184 (2) DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4184.2.3

Dynotag Smart Pet Tag Review

review of the gps enabled dynotags pet tags
Product Name: Dynotag Pet Tags
Shipment: Worldwide
Summary: Dynotag is a fancy QR & NFC enabled pet tag that instrantly alarms you when somebody finds your dog or cat
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5/5)
Where to Buy: Best price on Amazon

My Review
A few months ago I bought two Dynotags for my beloved pets, a German shepherd and a cat. It's not like I really needed them or something but when I saw this product on youtube I was like.. God, I need to buy one!

I just loved the idea of someone scanning my dog's tag and me getting an instant email with the location of my dog! FYI, there are many variants of the DynoTag, I got the one that is only QR enabled. There is also this version that supports NFC too.

So, here are my thoughts about this little gadget:

What I Liked
  • Quality/Durability: The tags are made of steel and appear and feel very durable. My pets wear them almost 4 months now and they look as good as new. Both my pets are fairly active, although not the "crazy" type of active.
  • Easy to use: The tag is very easy to set up and works exactly as it is supposed to. I have scanned it with my phone numerous times and the page with all the information pops right up every time. The page is very easy to update if you change address, telephone number or decide to add something new.
  • Silent: They are much quieter than other metal tags I had in the past
  • Fast Alerts: Anytime the QR is scanned you almost instantly receive an email telling you that someone has viewed the tag and you also get the location where the scanning occurred.

labrador wearing a green dyno pet tag
Dog wearing a dynotag
(Not Mine)

What I didn't like
  • Design: Regrettably, the NFC enabled tag is bulkier and not as cute as the one that only has GPS enabled. I think this is because of the antenna inside the tag. This is the main reason I decided to buy the QR-only version. I wish the company made a cute NFC version too :(

Where to buy
To my knowledge, the cheapest place to get Dynotags is Amazon. Click here to see all the different designs and to view prices. 

So this is pretty much my review of the dynotag pet tags. Yeah, I know it's short but I can't think of something else to say!. If you want to ask me something just leave a comment!

I have included some more information down below about dynotags and how they work in case you want to know more before buying one.

What is Dynotag and how does it work?
Dynotag is a fancy pet tag for dogs, cats and other pets that can you give some extra peace of mind if you are too worried of losing your little buddy. Each tag features a QR (Quick Response) barcode that is displayed on the tag. You can add as much information as you like including a contact number, pet name, address, vaccination information etc. This is their main advantage to engraved dog tags which only have a very limited space for vital information  If someone happens to scan the QR or uses the NFC he will view all that stored information and you will be notified about your pet's location.

How to set it up?
You first have to register the tag on the company's website. You can add pretty much everything you can come up with including:
  • Pet name
  • Medical Histyry (vaccines, serious conditions that need special care, injuries etc) 
  • Your vet’s contact details 
  • Favourite food (of your pet, not you!) 
  • Rewards for returning your pet

Once you are finished with the information the tag is activated and is ready for use. Just attach it to your dog, cat or whatever and that's it!

Pros And Cons
Here is a list of what I think are the main advantages of Dynotags:
  • Relatively cheap
  • Good build quality
  • No subscription fees
  • You can add as much information about your pet as you like and you can update it as many times as you want
  • Automatic email notification when the tag gets scanned

As for disadvantages I can't really come up with something. The device works exactly as described. Still, here are a few things you might want to keep in mind:
  • This is a passive GPS pet tracker. This means that it can't be used to track your pet on demand. You only get to know where your pet was when the tag was last scanned! 
  • Obviously, the QR Code requires a suitable device to be scanned. Most modern mobile phones are capable of this
  • GPS Location data might be incorrect if the person who scanned the tag does not have the "share my location" feature on! In this case, you will get coordinates based on their IP address which often is quite inaccurate

Dynotags offers many different designs to suit your needs better:

1) Deluxe Steel Pet Tag with Protective Coating and Ring: This is their most popular, top selling product. It's made of tough steel with a protective coating that also reduces the noise most metal tags make. They come with a stainless split ring to hang on the existing collar.

photos of the steel dynotags

2) Deluxe Steel Brightly Colored Fun Pet Tags with Protective Coating and Ring: These are the ones I got. Essentially the same product, with a much cuter design. They come in four playful colors, red, purple blue and green:

deluxe dynotags come in 4 colors

3) NFC Enabled Pet Tag: Similar in appearance to the steel tags. They have the exact same features with the addition of an NFC chip. They are manufactured on a PVC core and they are not as tough as the other two, making them more suitable for smaller and less active animals.

photo of the nfc enabled dynotag

4) Synthetic Tags: These are perfect for cats and small dogs. Made of thin yet tough and lightweight material. Not as resilient as the other designs, so avoid them if your pet is very energetic and active.

photo of a cat and a dog wearing the synthetic dynotag

5) Stainless Steel Slider Pet Tags: Slidertags using the same QR principle, made of stainless steel with a protective coating. You just slide them on the existing collar of your dog. A very good option for larger or very active pets. You have two options here: 
  • Closed Slot slidertags: For ultimate security on your existing pet collar. They can't be chewed or scratched off and become an integral part of the collar. They require an existing collar without attachments or rivets that would prevent them from sliding.
  • Open Slot slider tag: Perfect for maximum convenience in attaching to existing collars.
photos of the slider QR dynotags

Some Closing Thoughts
The Dynotag© Smart Tag is a nice little gadget that does exactly what it promises. I think it's a nice gift for people worried of losing their pets or for geeky pet owners. Finally, I want to mention that this is not a sponsored post or a paid ad or something! I genuinely own and enjoy using this product. However, I am using the amazon affiliate program so I make a very small commission (about 6%) if you decide to buy the product using the links on this site. This comes at no cost at you and it helps support the site :) Just open amazon directly and search for the product manually if you don't want to give us credit.

Have you tried Dynotags yourself? Feel free to share your review or experience in the comments down below!

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Cat Nurses Squirrel !

Amazing video shows how love knows no boundaries. I hope it makes up your day as it did mine:

Are you my brother??

Monday, 14 November 2016

Meet The Bizarre-Looking Trilobite Beetle

Here's a bizarre and rare beetle you have probably never seen before:

As you probably saw in the video, these strange insects are commonly known as trilobyte beetles and they belong to the Duliticola genus. Click here and here if you want to learn more about this strange but beautiful creature.

8 Best Pet Trackers For Cats & Dogs For 2016

Let's face it:

You are reading these lines because losing your dog or cat is one of your biggest fears! Buying a pet tracking system can definitely help with that. Maybe you have hunting dogs or maybe you are tired of losing your cat. Or maybe you like going hiking and you are afraid your dog will go astray. Don't worry, today's tracking systems are extremely sophisticated and can help you locate your dog, cat, goat, sheep, tortoise or whatever in an instant!

When choosing a tracker for your pet, you need to consider your needs and what set of features are really important to you. There is no need to spend money and buy the most expensive GPS tracking system when you can get your job done with a much cheaper model.

Here you will find what I think are the best pet tracking systems you can buy in 2016. Of course, the "best" is a bit generic and it might mean "the best in its price range", the "best for cats" etc.  Each recommendation comes with a short review with all the prons and cons of that product and all the important highlights you need to know. So, let's see what the latest technology in pet tracking and smart wearables has to offer you today:

Best GPS Trackers

1) Pod 2: Best Reasonably Priced, All Around Tracking Solution for all kinds of pets regardless of size

I think that the Pod 2 GPS + WiFi Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor is the best, reasonably priced gps locator you can get today, It is one of the smallest and lightest trackers, small enough even for a cat.

It combines GPS, WIFI and 2G technologies, allowing you to locate your pet anytime, anywhere, with high precision whether indoors or outdoors. This is its biggest benefit, as very few locators are good in both things. Some other cool advantages this device offers include:
  • Waterproof
  • Escape Alerts Function: Receive alerts if your pet leaves your set boundary.
  • Comes with two rechargeable batteries. The Pod app tells you when the battery is running low. This feature makes your life so much easier
  • Fits almost all collar types
  • Almost all reviews are very positive, something rare for most gps pet trackers 
  • Cheap subscription fee, first year is free and the fee for each year after is $49
  • Pod records your pet’s activity level (rest, walk and run) and allows you to monitor health and fitness levels
  • Coverage for the POD tracker is excellemt in the United States and Canada
cute dog wearing the pod 2 gps pet locator
Dog Wearing The Pod 2

Unfortunately, the device is a bit expensive but considering its handy size and selection of functions the device is definitely a value for money.

2) Tractive GPS Pet Tracker: Best affordable GPS solution for dogs

the tractive pet gps tracker
The Tractive pet locator is probably the best cheap gps tracker you can at the 100 $ price range. It's not perfect, but it covers all the basic needs if you want to track your pets outside your household. It's primarily designed for finding lost pets and offers accurate GPS tracking, unfortunately there is some small delay so it's not exactly real time. It comes with the "Tractive Safe Zone" which alerts you if your pet exits the boundaries of an area you have specified. Other advantages include that the device is waterproof, durable and works in more than 80 countries.

The main disadvantages is that it has a short life battery and is only suitable for pets that are 9 pounds (4 kg) or more so it might be somewhat bulky & heavy for small dog breeds and cats. I think the subscription fee is also a bit expensive ($6.99) and unfortunately it only works in areas with AT&T or T-Mobile coverage. I highly suggest you to read the reviews over amazon before buying Tractive. Ratings are a bit mixed and the reviews will give you a very good idea whether this tracker is for you or not. Overall, a good choice considering its' low price.

dog wearing the pet tractive gps device
The tractive gps tracker

3) Marco Polo & Garmin Astro 320 - Best professional solutions for dog tracking

photo shows the marco polo and the garmin astro, the two most advanced pet tracking solutions
Marco polo system (top)
Garmin Astro 320 (Bottom)
Both the Marco Polo and the Garmin Astro 320, are mainly targetted to pet owners with many dogs or somebody who runs a dog bussiness rather than the regular everyday dog owner. Their main advantage is that both of them come with their own gps collars and gps tracking device.

As a result no app or mobile phone is required to locate your dog(s). But this is also a disadvantage as it means you have to carry more equiment which can be quite inconvenient at times.

Another advantage both devices have is that they don't require a subscription service, which means you will be saving a lot of money in the long run.  Garmin offers more features overall but also comes for a much more hefty price. I suggest you to have a good look in the features of each device before you make your final purchase!

Best Non-GPS Solutions

1) Girafus® Pro-track-tor, Best Indoors Solutions for pets of all sizes

The Girafus® Pro-track-tor Pet Safety Tracker is a great, relatively affordable locator both for indoors and outdoors. Instead of GPS it uses Radio frequency (RF) technology. This means that you don't have to pay any subscription fees but it also means that the range is much smaller, up to 500 metres (1600 feet) with clear line of sight.

Another advantage is that it comes with up to 4 tags so you can use it to track multiple pets. Please note that the device can be used exclusively for locating. There is no option for setting up boundaries and receiving alerts if your pet ever exits them or to track activity levels. The tags are tiny and weight only 4.2 g, making them perfect for all kinds of pets, big or small.

a cat wearing the girafus pet locator
Girafus locator on a cat

2)TrackR Bravo: Cheap Alterative to Girafus

the TrackR Bravo can among others be used to track your pet(s)
The TrackR Bravo is a great, much cheaper alternative to the Giraffus Locator. The way it works is pretty much the same and the tag is again very small and suitable for small pets. The main disadvantage is that it has a much small ranger, only around 30 meters.

A cool feature is the Crowd GPS: "When your device goes out of Bluetooth range, other TrackR App users can help you locate your device. Whenever another user comes within range of your device, you will be updated of its new location on a map.", but to be honest I wonder how many people actually use this device and if this feature can actually be of help when needed...

TrackR Bravo Review

Bonus - Not Exactly Tracking Devices But Still Cool To Have

1)  Whistle, Best Device for Monitoring Your Dog's Activity Levels

photo of the whistle device that monirtors the activity of your pets
The Whistle activity monitor is not a tracking device but rather a device that records the activity of your pets. Still, it's pretty cool and I think it deserves a quick mention in this list.

 This smartphone-based pet tracking device records all kind of data about your dog's daily behavior, activity levels how much rest it had etc. A useful feature is the automatic report about how active your dog was on that day and whether it needs more exercise, rest or whatever. Click here if you want to read more info about this device.

photo of a dog wearing the dog whistle monitor device
Dog wearing the Whistle Device

Whistle Unboxing Video 

2) Dynotag® Web/GPS Enabled QR Code Smart Tag- Suitable for all pets regardless of size

Again not exactly a tracking device, but the Dynotag Web/GPS Enabled QR Smart Tag  comes pretty close to win a spot in this list. This a cool pet tag that comes with a QR code. You activate the tag with your phone number,  info, dog's personal food, vet details and anything else you can think of!

Then, if an electronic device (that can read a QR code) like a smartphone scans the tag, a signal is send to Dynotag’s cloud service, storing  the information about the location of your pet based on the location of the device that just scanned it and instantly sends you an email with the location of the pet. It's small and lightweight making it suitable not only for dogs but cats and other small pets. I have actually tried this product and I love it! Here's my review if you want to learn more about it.

Can't decide which tracker is best for you? Here's a quick buyer's guide (in the form of frequently asked questions) that will solve any questions you might have about all types of pet tracking systems.

What are the most important features and specs to lookout before buying a gps tracker?
In my opinion, two are the most important features. The first is the range covered. Of course, this varies depending on your needs. For a hunter, that could be up to 10 kilometres but for others 2-3  km would suffice. Generally, the higher the range of the tracker the better. Price and range usually go together with more expensive trackers having a bigger range.

The second most important I think is the size and weight of the device. Sure, bigger models often have more or improved features but what's the point if you want to use it on a cat (or a small dog) if it's too heavy to carry? Make sure to buy a tracking device that has the right weight for your pet... Just imagine how miserable your tiny Chihuahua would be if it had to carry a gigantic tracker :).

Another very important feature is how often data is being updated and whether the location is LIVE or not. Often, the feed update in GPS trackers comes with a small delay, which can be seconds or minutes. Make sure to buy a tracker with a live feed if you want to be 100% sure that the tracking device is pointing you to the exact location of your pet.

Some other important factors, features and specs to look out for include:
  • Battery life: Charging your gps pet tag every three days is bothersome for most people. Once you buy a device there isn't much you can do to fix this issue. Remember, dead batteries mean that the tracker won't transmit any location data so it's pretty much useless. Another thing to keep in mind is that the more times you set the device to check-in the faster the batteries will drain. Opt for a unit with a large battery capacity if you want constant check ins during the day
  • Boundaries: Being able to set boundaries is a clever and handy feature most modern pet tracking systems have.  If your dog or cat exits the premises of your specified boundaries then an alert will go off and alert you via sms or email. Extremely useful feature for pets that like to wonder or forget how to return back home. Yes, animalia dementia is a real thing! 
  • Compatibility: You should also check if the pet gps track you want to buy is compatible with your currect equipment. For example,  some locators use apps that require a smartphone like an IPhone or Android  while others work just as well with normal desktops and laptops. Don't forget to check  if the app of the locator is compatible with your version of iOS or Android. Your old smart phone might not work!
  • Durability: Very important spec, especially if you live in an area that gets plenty of rain, storms etc. Similarly, if your pet digs, crawls, runs a lot and is generally super active makes the purchase of a durable tracker a necessity, otherwise prepare to get a replacement very soon. Finally, a submersible and waterproof tracker is a must for pets that go swimming or come in contact with water often.
  • GPS Interface: The GPS interface is essentially the software you use to track your pets. Usually, it's an app but sometimes it be might be a stand-alone handheld unit.
  • How Many Animals Do You Want To Track?: Most gps tracking devices are designed for one animal. However, some can be used to track more than one, obviously each animal must wear its own gps tag.
  • Fees and Subscriptions: All brands have a small subscription fee (usually per month) that you will have to pay. These fees cover the costs of using the tracker system.
  • Little Extras:  Some gps collars come with small nice additions that may or may not be useful to you. For instance, some have a light that helps find your dog in the dark.

Here's a table with a summary of features you need to consider before making a purchase:



Types of Collar/Tag
Two-part device, collar and tracker requires handheld GPS device
Stand-alone collar (or tag) for everyday use may require a subscription. Trackers uses smartphone/pc app
Water proof or Water Resistant
Aerials attached securelyTear and stretch resistant
Main Features
Range should be adequate
Battery life & recharge timesWeight should be suitable for your petHow many dogs (or other pets) can be tracked with one handheld monitorConvenient display and interface
Other features
Integrated training collar
Activity Monitor
On point alarmStopping and moving indicators
Perimeter alarm

Monthly fees

These are pretty much all the basic features you have to take under consideration before buying a GPS pet tag.

My pet is chipped,  is there really a need for a tracker?
This is a common misconception people have. Unfortunately, we still don't have the technology to include a gps tracker in a microchip. The microchip will not help you find your lost friend directly. Think of it as an identification card. It only helps identify your little buddy once your pet is found by someone and is brought to the vet. The vet then checks the microchip and notifies the owner. Microchips don't transmit location data as some think, they just contain important information about the animal and the owner, much like a pet tag does.

A GPS pet tracker is a bit more advanced. It can be used to track your pet's  whereabouts in realtime and can even alert you when your pet leaves a certain area, like  your house or your yard. Most models send can alert you by sms and emails. Some even come with a real time tracking feature, allowing you to see your little buddy 's location, in real time on a map!

How Is The GPS tracker attached?
Usually, the tag  is easily attached to your pet’s collar. There is a number of ways for that. Some clip onto the collar, other slide onto a collar and others simply dangle down like a regular pet tag. Depending on how active your pet is, the method of attachement is somewhat important. I think it's best to stay away from dangling gps tags if your little buddy is super active.

What exactly is the gps dog fence function and what does it do? 
This is a very common feature in modern trackers. The name of the feature might change from company to company, but the function is pretty much the same. This feature allows you to define areas/zones  (e.g. your backyard) that you don’t want your pet to leave. If  it does, the tracker software alerts you, usually by sms, email or both.

Cat GPS Trackers vs. Dog GPS Trackers - Is there any real difference?
Well, both types serve the same purpose, alerting you on the whereabouts of your pet. The main difference is that cat gps trackers tend to be smaller and lighter, because...cats tend to be smaller and lighter than dogs so carrying a big and heavy locator can be quite annoying for them ;)

Furthermore, dog trackers are often a bit more durable since dogs tend to be more active and tougher on their tracker.

What are the types of systems used in pet trackers
Pet trackers use a wide range of methods  to track down your pet and they are not all created equal in regards to tracking accuracy. Here is a list of all the basic tracking methods, and the advantages and disadvantages of each one:
  • Radio Transmission: This might be old tech, but it still works remarkably well. The only problem is that you have to be within range to receive the pet's location. It might also not work well in indoors areas. These systems come with antennas to receive and transmit radio signals.
  • Global Positioning System (Pet GPS):  Modern pet GPS trackers offer way more range than the ones that employ radio transmission. Some units use satellite positioning while others also utilize the local cellular network service. The main advantage is that they provide the location of your pet faster and with better accuracy. However,  they may not work properly in areas with poor cellular signal or network coverage.
  • Wide Area Augmentation System GPS (WAAS-GPS): This is the best locating tech money can buy today. Offers the highest range you can get and is unmatched in accuracy.
  • Combination Systems: Some advanced units use of a combination of  2 or more of the aforementioned technologies.

Are expensive dog GPS collars worth all that money?
Well, yes. The real question is.. do you need one? What's the point of buying a very expensive tracking system (like the Garmin Astro 320) if your pet is a lazy, overweight cat that barely gets out of your room? There no reason to pay for features, reliability and functionality when you don't need them.

Which tracker do you personally recommend? I just want somebody yo spoonfeed me!
Like I said before, all the trackers in this list are great, depending on your needs. For my particular situation, the od 2 GPS + WiFi Pet Tracker is what I would choose again and again. I have been using it for a long time now and I am 100 % satisfied with what it offers. You might also want to consider something like the Marko Polo or Garmin Astro if you have 2 dogs or more or if you live in an area where cell service is not that great.

I am just too lazy to read this wall of text so I scrolled all the way to the bottom. Money is not an issue. Just tell me quickly what is the most perfect tracker money can buy!
Easy, Garmin Astro 320

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Top-10 Weirdest Looking Insects

With about a million insect species recorded, and thousands new discovered each year it makes sense that some of them wouldn't win a beauty contest! The insects below might look scary, poisonous or even deadly but don't worry! They are totally harmless! Enjoy some of the creepiest and weirdest looking insects that walk on the earth:

1) Brazilian Treehopper: Scientifically described as Bocydium globulare, this weird insect looks like an alien helicopter thingie! Found in the northern half of South America, it is a solitary species, with individuals usually spotted feeding on the undersides of Glory Bush leaves (Miconia spp.).

2) Stinging Rose Moth Caterpillar: Found from New York to Florida, west to Missouri and Texas, this colourful, cool-looking caterpillar features pairs of long, horn-like, bristly spines and numerous clumps of smaller spines.

3) Giraffe weevil: This giraffe-like insect is endemic to the forests of Madagascar and was first discovered in 2008. We still know very little about it!

4) Hercules Beetle: The Hercules beetle (Dynastes hercules) is the most famous and the largest of the rhinoceros beetles. Native to the rain-forests of Central America, South America, and the Lesser Antilles. It is also one of the largest beetles we know, with adults growing up to 17 cm (6.5 in) in length.

5) Panacanthus cuspidatus: Commonly known as spiny bush cricket, it looks a lot like a creature summoned from science fiction!

6) Regal Moth Caterpillar: The regal moth (Citheronia regalis), also known as the royal walnut moth, can be found in North America. The caterpillar stage looks a lot like a dragon and reminds me of the Guarados pokemon!

Regal Moth Caterpillar
It look's like a dragon doesn't it?
Adult |Regal Moth

7) Scorpion Fly: Scorpion flies may look dangerous but they are not! The stinger-like structure is actually the... male genitalia!

The stinger is actually a...penis!

8) Atlas Moth: The Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is a large saturniid moth found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia. In the past, the species was thought to be the largest moth in the world in terms of total wing surface area, Recent findings confer this title upon the Hercules Moth.

9) Extatosoma tiaratum: E. tiaratum (commonly known as giant prickly stick insect, spiny leaf insect and Australian walking stick) is a large, alien-like species of stick insect found in Australia. Female adults are covered with thorn-like spikes for defence and camouflage and grow to about 5 to 8 inches (20 cm) long.

10) Deinacrida heteracantha: D. heteracantha, also known as Wetapunga, is a huge cricket found only on Little Barrier Island and some other smaller predator-free island conservation areas. It mainly feeds at night, but is also active during the day, when it can be found above ground in vegetation.