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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Odds and ends - Part 4

The Tsama Melon mostly grows in the desert where it is sometimes the only source of water for the animals. It does not have much taste but smells a bit like ordinary watermelon. They are fairly small, about the same size of a Honeydew or Musk Melon. The outer skin is extrememly hard and it does not break easily.
Social Weavers build their nest by the hundreds on telephone poles and trees. The branches get so heavy that they often break off.
These are favorite places for snakes and certain raptors to come looking for food, especially in the breeding season.
A lovely snail in its shell was being attacked by ants.
Fungi can be very colorful and this was growing out of an old rotten tree.
I found this on a leaf. I am almost certain it is the larva of a cricket or grasshopper, but once again, I will look to Ted to correct me on this.
It was about an inch or maybe a bit less in length.

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