Insects and Spiders at the San Diego Zoo

Here are some pictures of insects and spiders at the San Diego Zoo, in the Insect House.

Like this Goliath bird-eating spider. Yes, it eats birds.

A small walking stick insect — about 6 inches long.

A larger walking stick insect, almost a foot long.

Unfortunately, I forgot the name of this beetle.

A giant leaf hopper.

This giant water bug eats meat. Some of its larger, more aggressive cousins will eat baby turtles and snakes.

This cricket is just food for the assassin bugs below.

This mantis has a very convincing dried-leaf disguise.