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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
Other photography: Aeroplanes - Cars and Bikes - Travel - Sunrise - Water drops/falls - Sudwala and Sterkfontein Caves etc.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Bush - Part 6

Another species I have been looking for, for about 4 years now!! Monkey Beetles!! What a bonanza day this was!! And two different ones too. Luck was definitely with me.
The belong to the Scarabaeidae (Scarab) family and are very small in size, less than ½ and inch.
They tend to bury themselves half inside flowers and come in the most fantastic bright colors. Trust me to only find dull brown ones. :)
All of this species are covered with soft hairs and the females are smaller than the males.
A pretty caterpillar feeds on the small wild flowers.
Stinkhorn mushrooms attract all kinds of flies but secreting a brown substance which smell awful. The flies help disperse its spores. I have never seen one of these either except in books. This is about 4 inches in height.

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