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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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Todays pic involves another illegal photoman moment... Driving down a road I noticed a #farm gate open and proceeded down the path. It was very late and noticed the #sun disappearing fast so I needed to find a spot to get a shot going.. The farm #dam was an obvious choice.
While setting up a vehicle arrived and impolitely asked me to leave... Im pretty good at talking my way out of trouble, but not this day. The owner a female..... just saying... blew her lid and had me escorted off the farm.
The #light unfortunatly beat me this time but I will try go back there one day cos I think there are a couple of options on the farm and Im sure she will be in a better mood if i ask beforehand😉

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Golden hour, winter’s sunset.

'Late for dinner'...
I was given a couple of min to head up to my room to drop off my bags before dinner at OR Thambo Airport, but when I opened my window, and knew I was going to be late... I unpacked my tripod and took a few snaps and this was the result....I just wish there were a couple of high rises or a bit of cloud cover to fill the sky.. #ThisisSouthAfrica
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An extraordinary #plant endemic to the #namibdesert and #angola
The #welwitschiamirabilis #welwitschia #tweeblaarkanniedood /two-leaved connot-die, #afkopboom #headlesstree is one of our planets oldest living organisms, and is placed in a #botanical family of its own. Its a living #fossil and could be 2000 years old.#messumcrater #namibdesert #canoncamera #canon60d #beardlife #beardman #gomagsa #outdoors #explore #exploremore

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