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Speke's hinge-back . They have a hinge at the rear end of their shell for protection of its rear legs once retracted. They feed on flowers & leaves but also eat snails and other invertebrates having a preference for !
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Check out the stunning colours on these ! They are wood borers as both adults and and if you look closely, you can see where they have started to bite into the tree with their powerful jaws. bohemanni ferreti
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Next on the list of baumgarteni male. Once mature, adult males leave their burrows and become nomads, searching for females often out in the open during daylight hours. This one was found crossing the road during the late afternoon
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A colourful Leaf-footed true ! They've specialized mouth parts for taking liquefied food, they pierce straight into tissue and with a powerful pump remove fluid. Leaf-footed bugs focus their feeding activity on fruits and developing seeds.
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A pair of Giant green milkweed ( viridipes). Reaching up to 70mm in length, the hindwings are bright red and blue, giving it a striking appearance in flight. The male is the smaller of the two.
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A bit of a puzzler this one! A newly emerged batch of giant ant females. After they have successfully mated they find a place to start the new nest. But exactly why they were all gathered around the entrance/exit remains a mystery!
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New video coming soon: "FINDING THE ' BLACK' " Paul Carpenter will be presenting our findings Lectures on March 10th and the video will be released soon after on YouTube. Click the link and subscribe!
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A nice sized ( umhangi). The males are much larger and have enormous horns like a deer stag, hence their common name!
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The flame knee auratum so called as the vivid red markings on the spiders 'knees' are similar to a flame! In they can be found in dry forest which is a much hotter and drier environment than where its close relative, the red knee, lives
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A brightly coloured Jewel () which can easily be mistaken for a . The parental care of it's nymphs give it away and here you can see the offspring moulting under the watchful eyes of the parent.
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No field trip is complete without a visit to the ! Guy outside the House, City Zoo
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Check out the warty ( kisiwamsitu) which is endemic to the West Mountains. They can be found in the forests in shallow burrows which they dig themselves both for protection against predators but also as a perfect place to ambush passing prey!
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The were welcoming and very intrigued by our antics on their land, watching closely as we extracted from burrows. Despite the language barrier, we were able to convey our mutual appreciation of their .
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Next up on our of list - the Mexican Rose Grey, verdezi. This female is freshly moulted so looking quite vibrant. Well, as vibrant as a brown spider can be! Specimens of this species were among the largest of the trip
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Busily working on my presentation for the upcoming Lectures in March! Last year I spoke about our trip and this year, it's all about . Hundreds of photos and video clips to sort through from this amazing 2016 field trip...
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One of the larger animals we were fortunate to meet while in the field - The ( tippelskirchi)! Also called giraffe, it's the largest species of giraffe native to East and also the tallest land mammal.
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A nice red-coloured ! Check out that shovel-shaped head - ideal for digging into the soil. We saw many species in but these were the largest!
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Gathered on a leaf, these tiny creatures may at first look like they're ants but in fact they're # praying mantises which mimic ! The white mass is the giveaway - a mantis (egg case) from which they emerged!
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A stunning ! So called as their antennae is sometimes longer than the length of their body. There's over 26,000 species of longhorn beetle described and several are serious pests, their larvae being wood borers.
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So what was living in that giant burrow? This beast - The King baboon ! This impressive was our target species. Info on them in the wild is very rare so we spent days in their habitat filming them for an upcoming muticus
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