Australian insects are unusual and diverse. While there are many insects found in other parts of the world such as the wasp or ants, Australia often has unique varities of these due to the continent's isolation from the rest of the world. The most visible insects are butterflies of which Australia has a wide variety with many displaying spectacular colours and size. There are about 416 species with most existing in the tropical north of the country. Read more →
Australia is also home to the most poisonous spiders in the world. Spiders to be very wary of include: the Sydney funnel-web, Redback spider, Mouse spider, Trap door spiders, White-tailed spiders, Australian tarantulas, Recluse spider, Huntsman spiders, and the Common garden orb weaver spider.