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Welwitschia bugs

By ColleenA
Thank you for your interest in yesterdays upload and to Prabhas for his UA, much appreciated.
Carrying on from yesterdays story....Male and female plants exist separately, bearing different types of cones. Male cones produce pollen. They rely on insect pollinators to carry their precious cargo to a receptive female plant. The plants are often crawling with yellow or vermilion coloured welwitschia bugs (Probergrothius sexpunctatis), attracted by the sweet nectar secreted by the immature cones. With needle like beaks they pierce into the plant to drink its sap. However its been decided that these bugs don't seem to be the pollinators as previously thought, and that other insects such as wasps, bees and flies do the pollinating. These bugs are only found on Welwitschia plants
The plants were teaming with these bugs, they move constantly. V2 of the mating bugs is my shadow Saturday offeringGrinGrin
Have a nice day, I am off to watch the first day of the final cricket test between Australia and South Africa at Newlands.

Tags: Wildlife and nature Namib desert Welwitschia bugs

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fotobee Plus
3 4 3 South Africa
1 Mar 2014 4:48AM
Very beautiful and interesting, Colleen. I never knew that about the bugs!. Regards Martin

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Bantu Plus
3 7 1 India
1 Mar 2014 5:06AM
Beautiful capture of all the variants.
andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2014 5:23AM
SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
1 Mar 2014 5:42AM
Can't see V7 but the others are all very good, Colleen.
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
1 Mar 2014 6:07AM
They certainly live up to their name, Colleen (Probergrothius sexpunctatis), as you have showed in these wonderful images Wink The shadow in V.2 is just perfect. Carol
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
1 Mar 2014 6:18AM
Ha ha Carol, yes most of them were busyGrinBlush
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2014 6:22AM
What most interesting and beautiful looking bugs. They remind me of little boats with legs. A superb set, very well photographed, processed and presented Colleen .

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Another wonderful lesson today... Beaut narrative and another excellent set Colleen.

Lynette Grin
Fine set Colleen,
Fred.
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2014 7:30AM
An excellent set, V2 is outstanding. Nice to see from the bugs' activities that the population is not and will not be under threat.
Caziwinkles 3 3 1 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2014 8:10AM
Yet more fascinating images and interesting info Colleen - we learn something new each day! Fab images! Smile

Carol
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2014 8:15AM
Great close-ups Colleen.

Phil.
mistere Plus
3 1 3 England
1 Mar 2014 9:22AM
Super set Colleen, love V2, amazing how these plants have evolved. What a planet we live on.

Dave.
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 10 10 England
1 Mar 2014 9:36AM
A perfect set of images Colleen.
Joan.
netta1234 Plus
4 369 2 Wales
1 Mar 2014 10:31AM
A brilliant set ColleenSmileSmile
NettaSmile
debu 6 India
1 Mar 2014 10:33AM
Superb set,V5 for me.
debu
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
1 Mar 2014 10:51AM
What interesting and colourful bugs Smile A great set, Colleen, and think I go for for V1 as my fave, but all are wonderful images Wink
Trev Smile
ali63 Plus
4 753 1 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2014 11:07AM
Beautiful images Colleen, what pretty little bugs, have a great weekend,

Ali GrinGrin
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2014 11:13AM
A bug we might never have seen had you not taken that trip.
An interesting set and narrative and no doubt that V2 takes the prize today.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
1 Mar 2014 12:47PM
V2 from me too Colleen, wonderful write up too, also so interesting to read about your life inAfrica. Best wishes to you Patty SmileSmileSmile
a very well taken shot well marked crawlies


billy
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2014 1:03PM
Great collection of pictures, and a fascinating write up Colleen.
Peter.GrinGrinGrin

Quote:Great collection of pictures, and a fascinating write up Colleen. --- I agree with Peter ! - Very interesting and beautiful! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile
Peter.GrinGrinGrin

Really good set,is this a new camera Colleen?,images are really sharp.Like your description too.
1 Mar 2014 1:48PM
fine write up Colleen good clean captures

Graham
EileenH 3 1 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2014 2:25PM
Great setSmile

Eileen
1 Mar 2014 2:38PM
Excellent captures. V2- my fav with that perfect shadow.
Stunning set of images, Colleen. Superbly presented with a great narrative.

Fred
gss 2 1 Romania
1 Mar 2014 3:38PM
Not only a brilliant set of pictures, but a good lesson of the diversity of life on Earth!
Silviu
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 72 14 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2014 3:41PM
What a very interesting write up to accompany a super set of images ColleenSmile

Cliff
JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2014 3:51PM
A splendid capture of these interesting bugs
Ju
1 Mar 2014 3:58PM
For bugs, they are beautiful. Well captured set Colleen and a interesting write up to accompany it GrinGrin

Kathryn
Bugs aren't really my thing but especially v1 is excellent.
saltireblue Plus
6 5.9k 33 Norway
1 Mar 2014 5:13PM
They may well be very colourful and photogenic, Colleen, but they are still bugs. Not the thing to find when you turn down the bedsheets...

Malc
1 Mar 2014 5:55PM
Wonderful captures of these bugs in great detail and from excellent pov, Colleen!
George
1 Mar 2014 6:19PM
My favourite is V2. I am not really a bug person but I would love to be able to get images like these of some.

Harriet
1 Mar 2014 6:47PM
Make me itch.............GrinGrin
1 Mar 2014 7:39PM
A fabulous set of images
Great set Colleen. Interesting bugs. Cathy
dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 326 England
1 Mar 2014 11:11PM
Another informative description and images to go with it.

Keith
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2014 12:22AM
FABULOSO!
What a great set! It's not allowing me to give an award so here is my SMILE AWARD: Grin
Well done for such a great set of interesting bugs!
IB
2 Mar 2014 4:37AM
My friend a Taxonomist was delighted to see the plant in nature,as it is a rare sight. want some copies for his students as an example of living a fossil plant.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
2 Mar 2014 1:00PM
An interesting set Colleen and a very informative narrative to accompany it. They certainly are beautifully marked little bugs
BIGRY1 Plus
4 3 7 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2014 5:58PM
A great plant and some lovely BugsWinkGrin
Ryan
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
10 Mar 2014 5:31AM
they look like a pale version of our firebugs Smile
great set!!

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