New Zealand is best known as the bafflingly beautiful country where Peter Jackson filmed “The Lord of the Rings.” Even though Middle Earth is a fictional setting, New Zealand is about as close as you can get to a fantasy world.

Because of its isolation, plant and animal life in New Zealand has developed a bit differently. As a result, the country is home to rich biodiversity and some seriously unique critters.

And one of those creatures is the terrifyingly large (but totally harmless) weta bug.

And one of those creatures is the terrifyingly large (but totally harmless) weta bug.