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 offering
Have a nice day, I am off to watch the first day of the final cricket test between Australia and South Africa at Newlands.
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