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Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
Animals, Birds, Reptiles etc.: Animals, Birds, Fish and Crabs - Frogs - Lizards - Scorpions - Snails and Slugs - Snakes - Spiders - Tortoise, Turtles and Terrapins - Whipscorpions
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Vacation Time - Day 3 Part 2

Whipscorpions are a separate order although they look like a cross between a scorpion and a spider.
They are a specialized group of strange, flattened spider-like creatures with no antennae, long slender legs and very large pedipalps (part of the mouth) which they hold flexed in front of their body.
The first are a pair of 4 walking legs are elongated whip-like feelers. Whipscorpions are very secretive animals, usually found under bark or boulders in sub-tropical forests or arid regions. At night they move about smoothly with a crab-like gait, feeling for insects prey with their elongated first pair of legs and capturing prey with their pedipalps.

Despite their fearsome appearance they are harmless to humans. This specimen is about 1 inch in body length.
A close up look at ants always make them look ferocious.
Sweat Bees are so called because they are commonly attracted to sweat. They make multi-cell burrow nests in the ground or sometimes wood cavities.
They are small (5mm) and collect pollen from a few plant species.

24 comments:

Firefly said...

Eish, I wouldn't want to meet that first critter anywhere if I ever get shrunken to ant size.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! You are SO right Jonker, I would not want to either no matter how harmless it might be. :)

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Interesting post. I am being educated daily. Not only does that close up of the ant look ferocious, lets face it those nippers on some of them can nip quite hard! I know from experience as I am sure you also know. Diane

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

The first one is scary!

JM said...

This time I'm happy to say I've only seen this scorpion in photos and documentaries! LOL!

Sandra said...

I always enjoy your macro shots, learn so much. but on that first critter i say YIKES! how did you make yourself get close enough to take the photo. it frightens me just looking at the photos.

Gaelyn said...

That scorpion may not bother humans but it sure is scary looking. I'll take my chances with the sweat bee. You sure are seeing a lot of interesting bugs on this vacation.

blog with no name said...

Wow, macro shooting is really fun isn't it?

Love the ant, it looks unstoppable...

Andrea said...

I am really impressed from these close ups.
The scorpion is incredible.
At what distance did you take these pictures?

THE OLD GEEZER said...

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God Bless You ~Ron

Snapper II said...

The Whipscorpion may not be harmeful to humans, but if I saw one I would start to run and probably run into a tree or stationary object and knock my self into next week. Eeesshh.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You are SO right DIane!! Those things can really nip you. These black ones are not as bad as those tiny red ones though. If they get hold of you it feels as if you are on fire!! Nasty buggers!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Bhavesh. I have to agree with you there.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! I know what you mean Jose. These would nt be fun to find in your shoes or in your bed. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Sandra. Some of these are enough to be made into nightmare movies!! :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I did find quite a lot Gaelyn but this time of year things are scarce. I want to go back there for a long weekend after it rains as what I wanted most were beetles and there was not one to be found yet.

Hey, I loved Jonkers suggestion about Mike getting a transfer here!! Think about it.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! You should try it Mike. The fun part is being face to face like that. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Andrea. The lens was about 4 inches away. The top picture is almost full frame. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Ron and welcome to my blog. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! Cant say I blame you Snapper 11. If I did not live in Africa, I would probably do the same. :) By now I am used to these uglies though.

Gaelyn said...

I told Mike he should work his way up in the company, then consult on recycling around the world. That way we could get sent to ZA.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

That would be brilliant Gaelyn. Just think of the places you could find yourself in!! You should nag him on this one. LOL!!

Becky and Gary said...

Another exellant post Joan. It sure looks like you had a productive trip.That spider looks scarey for sure!
B.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

It was a great vacation and it seems I managed to find more than I though I did. :)