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  • Pterinochilus murinus.
    Live collection

    These tarantulas can reach 12 to 14 cm. Their bodies are from 6 to 7 cm long. They are recognizable by the sunburst pattern on the cephalothorax.

    Scientific name
    Pterinochilus murinus
    English name
    Mombasa golden starburst tarantula
    French name
    Mygale babouin orange
  • Sagra femorata.
    Live collection

    The adults are nearly 3 cm long, with metallic colours ranging from blue to green and gold.

    Sagra resemble small frogs, with their overdeveloped hind legs.

    Scientific name
    Sagra femorata
    English name
    Frog-legged leaf beetle
    French name
    Chrysomèle
  • Curator's pick
    Sagra.
    Naturalized collection

    Sagra sp., Indonesia

    This species can also be found in the Early risers section under the theme A time for everyone/Daytime, specimen numbers 48 and 49 (country of origin: Indonesia).

    Scientific name
    Sagra sp.
  • Sipyloidea sipylus.
    Live collection

    These stick insects have antennae longer than their front legs. Their medium-size wings are tan, almost transparent, in the males and pink in the females.

    Scientific name
    Sipyloidea sipylus
    English name
    Pink winged stick insect
    French name
    Phasme
  • Curator's pick
    Teinopalpus imperialis
    Naturalized collection

    Teinopalpus imperialis, Viet Nam, male

    The female of the species can be found at number 18 of this display (country of origin: Viet Nam).

    Scientific name
    Teinopalpus imperialis
  • Curator's pick
    Teleopsis.
    Naturalized collection

    Teleopsis sp., Papua New Guinea, male

    The female of the species can be found at number 8 of this display (country of origin: Papua New Guinea).

    Scientific name
    Teleopsis sp.
  • Tenodera aridifolia.
    Live collection

    Chinese mantids are large insects. Some males are up to 8.3 cm long, and some females can reach 10.5 cm! Their colour varies from green to yellow and brown.

    Scientific name
    Tenodera aridifolia
    English name
    Chinese mantid
    French name
    Mante chinoise
  • Curator's pick
    Theraphosa blondi.
    Naturalized collection

    Theraphosa blondi, French Guiana

    Scientific name
    Theraphosa blondi
  • Theraphosa blondi.
    Live collection

    These are the largest known tarantulas. They can weigh over 120 g and their legspan can exceed 25 cm, with bodies more than 10 cm long.

    Scientific name
    Theraphosa blondi
    English name
    Goliath birdeater tarantula
    French name
    Mygale de Leblond
  • Thermonectus marmoratus.
    Live collection

    Unlike most other members of their family, which are dull coloured, these shiny black diving beetles are covered in dozens of bright yellow dots.

    Scientific name
    Thermonectus marmoratus
    English name
    Sunburst diving beetle
    French name
    Dytique