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BAD HAIR DAY ALERT!
Brush Jewel Beetles are just breathtakingly beautiful!
Can you believe that the immature beetles of the Buprestidae family can take up to 35 years to complete their development?
Mind. Blown.... It was such a surprise find whilst negotiating our way between the vindictive Lycium bushes... we found these jewels busily enjoying the sun whilst passing on the genes... the spikes of waxy hairs on this species is bright orange/red and yellow - this type of aposematic colouration normally wards off predators by warning them of foul tasting or poisonous prey.

You usually find them around the crown of bushes, on sunny beautiful weather days, where they feed on the nectar, leaves and pollen of the plants.
Another reminder to not just focus on the big and gaudy species out there... the small things are equally amazing!
Julodis sp. - Brush Jewel Beetle, Borselkopkewer - Overberg, Western Cape, South Africa.
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