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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.

Camera:Nikon D5300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:23 Feb 2014 - 4:35 PM
Focal Length:270mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Fired, Return detected
White Balance:Auto
Title:Welwitschia bugs
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:1 Mar 2014 - 4:44 AM
Tags:Namib desert, Welwitschia bugs, Wildlife / nature
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fotobee Plus Member 2fotobee vcard South Africa3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 4:48 AM

Very beautiful and interesting, Colleen. I never knew that about the bugs!. Regards Martin

Bantu  2 India
1 Mar 2014 - 5:06 AM

Beautiful capture of all the variants.

andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 5:23 AM


ddolfelin Plus Member 373 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 5:42 AM

Can't see V7 but the others are all very good, Colleen.

CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 6:07 AM

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

Last Modified By CarolG at 1 Mar 2014 - 6:08 AM
ColleenA Plus Member 3310 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 6:18 AM

Ha ha Carol, yes most of them were busyGrinBlush

Last Modified By ColleenA at 1 Mar 2014 - 6:18 AM
NDODS Plus Member 54350 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom117 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 6:22 AM

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

Lynniesefforts Plus Member 4Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
1 Mar 2014 - 6:47 AM

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

Lynette Grin

Badgerfred Plus Member 8Badgerfred vcard Wales
1 Mar 2014 - 7:07 AM

Fine set Colleen,

LynneJoyce Plus Member 7LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 7:30 AM

An excellent set, V2 is outstanding. Nice to see from the bugs' activities that the population is not and will not be under threat.

1 Mar 2014 - 8:10 AM

Yet more fascinating images and interesting info Colleen - we learn something new each day! Fab images! Smile


1 Mar 2014 - 8:15 AM

Great close-ups Colleen.


mistere Plus Member 2mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 9:22 AM

Super set Colleen, love V2, amazing how these plants have evolved. What a planet we live on.


EMJAYCEE Plus Member 6EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 9:36 AM

A perfect set of images Colleen.

netta1234 Plus Member 3259 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 10:31 AM

A brilliant set ColleenSmileSmile

debu  5 India
1 Mar 2014 - 10:33 AM

Superb set,V5 for me.

TrevBatWCC Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 10:51 AM

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 Member 3697 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 11:07 AM

Beautiful images Colleen, what pretty little bugs, have a great weekend,

Ali GrinGrin

Irishkate Plus Member 533 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom87 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 11:13 AM

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

pentaxpatty Plus Member 2pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 12:47 PM

V2 from me too Colleen, wonderful write up too, also so interesting to read about your life inAfrica. Best wishes to you Patty SmileSmileSmile

williamsloan Plus Member 4williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 12:56 PM

a very well taken shot well marked crawlies


Mollycat Plus Member 2Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 1:03 PM

Great collection of pictures, and a fascinating write up Colleen.

kuvailija Plus Member 3kuvailija vcard Finland
1 Mar 2014 - 1:15 PM

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

brandish Plus Member 1brandish vcard United Kingdom
1 Mar 2014 - 1:26 PM

Really good set,is this a new camera Colleen?,images are really sharp.Like your description too.

1 Mar 2014 - 1:48 PM

fine write up Colleen good clean captures


EileenH  2 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2014 - 2:25 PM

Great setSmile


ukgubbi Plus Member 3ukgubbi vcard India
1 Mar 2014 - 2:38 PM

Excellent captures. V2- my fav with that perfect shadow.

Fred263 Plus Member 3Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
1 Mar 2014 - 3:30 PM

Stunning set of images, Colleen. Superbly presented with a great narrative.


gss  1 Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 3:38 PM

Not only a brilliant set of pictures, but a good lesson of the diversity of life on Earth!

Nikonuser1 Plus Member 3Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 3:41 PM

What a very interesting write up to accompany a super set of images ColleenSmile


JuBarney Plus Member 4JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 3:51 PM

A splendid capture of these interesting bugs

kathrynlouise Plus Member 3421 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 3:58 PM

For bugs, they are beautiful. Well captured set Colleen and a interesting write up to accompany it GrinGrin


Cookie_Monster Plus Member 3Cookie_Monster vcard Germany1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 4:46 PM

Bugs aren't really my thing but especially v1 is excellent.

saltireblue Site Moderator 55042 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway30 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 5:13 PM

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...


GeorgePlatis Plus Member 2GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 5:55 PM

Wonderful captures of these bugs in great detail and from excellent pov, Colleen!

HarrietH Plus Member 5279 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
1 Mar 2014 - 6:19 PM

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.


NaturesHaven Plus Member 4281 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 6:47 PM

Make me itch.............GrinGrin

1 Mar 2014 - 7:39 PM

A fabulous set of images

Holmewood Plus Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
1 Mar 2014 - 9:59 PM

Great set Colleen. Interesting bugs. Cathy

dark_lord Critique Team 111655 forum postsdark_lord vcard England220 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2014 - 11:11 PM

Another informative description and images to go with it.


Chinga Plus Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
2 Mar 2014 - 12:22 AM

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!

prabhusinha Plus Member 7prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2014 - 4:37 AM

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 Plus Member 9254 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2014 - 1:00 PM

An interesting set Colleen and a very informative narrative to accompany it. They certainly are beautifully marked little bugs

BIGRY1 Plus Member 3BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2014 - 5:58 PM

A great plant and some lovely BugsWinkGrin

annettep38 Plus Member 4216 forum postsannettep38 vcard Costa Rica35 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2014 - 5:31 AM

they look like a pale version of our firebugs Smile
great set!!

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