Fantastic Beasts and 15 Proofs They ExistBy Vika https://pictolic.com/en/article/fantastic-beasts-and-15-proofs-they-exist
Our world is full of extraordinary and very eccentric creatures that we, as average people, could not even hear or guess. Perhaps this is good because not each of us will be happy to meet face-to-face with a huge spider or caterpillar. But don't worry! If you are not a resident of Australia, then this is unlikely to threaten you. You can easily look at the most unusual and amazing animals in this collection while remaining in complete safety and tranquility ...
1. Huge banana spider. South East Queensland.
This giant cinephilia orb-weaver is called by many different names: banana spiders (banana spiders), golden silk orb-weavers (golden weavers), giant tree spiders, etc. This is a genus of large spiders, that weave the largest cobwebs. Spiders collect flies, beetles, locusts, tree moths, and cicadas in their sticky webs. This species is also known to feed on even small birds and bats that become entangled in their webs. Fortunately, they are not too harmful to humans, although they are still poisonous.
2. Phyllodes imperialis butterfly caterpillar. Found in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.
This species is widely distributed in the tropics and subtropics of Southeast Asia and India. It is thanks to the unusual coloring that scares away birds that this species is still alive. The caterpillar depicted in the pictures is a larva of the tapeworm. The ribbon worm is a tropical genus of butterflies from the Noctuidae family, with beautiful pink wings.
3. And here is the butterfly itself.
3. Immature mushroom Aseroe Rubra, Melbourne, Australia.
This mushroom is also called a starfish mushroom. This mushroom is famous for its unpleasant odor and no less repulsive appearance. Because of its smell, it is very attracted to the flies flying around it and also uses their services, because the flies carry the spores of the fungi.
4. In its mature form, this mushroom looks no less terrifying ...
4. Elusor macrurus. A turtle was found in the Mary River in Australia.
This turtle has become very famous for the algae that can completely cover its shell and even it's head. Because of its unusual appearance, this amazing creature is often called the punk turtle. They can breathe with their reproductive organs and are endangered. They also have a long tails.
5. This is the same turtle. View with shell.
5. Myobatrachus gouldii or turtle frog. Endemic to Western Australia.
This frog has a very small head and paws, small eyes, and a round, bulging body that looks like a raw hamburger. The sounds made by the frog are similar to "baaark". It feeds only on termites and can eat more than 400 at a time.
6. Moth Creatonotos Gangis. Found in Australia and Southeast Asia.
This creature looks like a hybrid of a moth and a spider with hairy legs. But let's not panic! It turned out that this is not a monster from another planet, but the most common bear butterfly. True, such hairy paws in these insects can not always be seen, but only during the mating period.
7. Brazilian humpback
This insect is a distant relative of cicadas. Humpbacks live everywhere except Antarctica. There are about 3200 species of these insects in the world. What distinguishes them is that, although small in size, they have outgrowths on the back of the most bizarre forms.
8. A few more photos of what it's like to live in Australia...
Such lizards in Australia!
9. Australian rainworm.
10. Snakes and pythons in Australia can literally eat EVERYTHING!
11. And not only snakes but also snakes ...