If you like invertebrates in their myriad forms, you'll love Madagascar -
it's literally crawling with big, bizarre and beautiful ones of every
description. Why, they offer almost as much fun and fascination as
The hissing cockroaches in the southwest are the largest I've seen. This one was encountered one night on a log in the Beza-Mahafaly Reserve. Not exactly an albino, this is just a normal specimen molting its skin. It will remain pale and soft for only a few hours to a few days, and is especially vulnerable during this time (see next picture in the gallery). Continuing clockwise is a fuzzy weevil from Perinet Reserve, a velvet mite from French Mountain, and a giant ball millipede from the eastern forests.