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Know Your Fear!
Combat your fears in a friendly and supportive environment.  Don’t let your fears rule your life.  Face your fears.  Meet them head on!  A challenge that may be confronting and at times uncomfortable in the end is very rewarding.  Learn methods to help you accept the unknown by taking away the mystery through our program “Know Your Fear”.  In the long run this program is very rewarding and will help in achieving a better quality of life.  The following photographs show our first group who were from CMA Martial Arts conquering their fear of spiders.

Hawk Moths (Sphingidae)
This photograph is on page 2 of my new brochure with the question "Can you name this bug?".  It is of course a hawk moth which are quite common in the Sydney area.  But did you know that they range from as far as India?  This species don't have a common name, its scientific name is Psilogramma memephron which is a bit of a mouth full.  Anyway, you will probably know the hawk moth caterpillars especially the large one found on impatiens plant.

Caterpillar Hawk Moth
This is the caterpillar of a Hawk moth found on impatiens.  If touched it feels like velvet and if you pick it up with your hand it may poo or even vomit on you!  It won't hurt, but you will have to wash your hands.  They are a beautiful caterpillar.  They may eat some of your plants but the plants will grow back.

Hairy Caterpillar
The hairs of some caterpillars can sting and can be as painful as a bee sting.  Some hairs may irritate or just cause itching.

Wanderer Just Emerged

Gordian Worms
Wow it moves.  It's a worm that looks like a hair.  This is a Gordian worm.  They are found in various bodies of water.  They grow inside insects and spiders, then when they have finished feeding on the host, in this case a praying mantis, they emerge and go looking for water to mate and lay millions of eggs.  Yes millions of eggs.  Luckily they do not harm us.  They are found all over the world.  The one photographed here was found on 23rd March 2011.

Bird Eating Spider
This is one of my largest spiders.  Can you see the Exoskeleton?  She moulted yesterday (22/03/2011).  See how fine the hairs are on her legs.  Enjoy.

Danny's Orb Spider
This Photograph was taken by a friend of mine, Danny who loves spiders (and his wife Natalie).  After work Danny spends many hours looking after and admiring a range of spiders that he finds in his own front yard. This is of one of the many he has found and photographed.  If you would like your spider photograph to appear in the Insektus Gallery just email it to me with your details. (Sorry Photo will be up soon).

Wanderer Butterfly
This is the start of a new life!  The butterfly has just emerged and will pump blood into its veins.  The wings will open and the butterfly will fly off to feed, mate and brighten our lives by simply being alive.  If you have any "bug photos" and would like them in our gallery, then email them in with your details.

Huntsman Spider
This is a spider!  A Huntsman Spider, and yes they can bite.  The venom may not make you very sick but it will hurt, and if you are asthmatic or allergic to anything you may have some kind of reaction to it.  So we do not touch any spiders with our fingers.  You can look at a spider all day, just don't touch them.

Huntsman Spider are usually HARMLESS
Is that a spider on his head?  Yes, but that’s Bug Man’s head.
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