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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Things in and around my house. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-08 5:42
Viewed: 5754
Points: 36
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Fruit Chafer lifecycle

I am trying to save the old Acacia tree in my garden. Upon investigating the dead branches and removing them from the tree I found the spider’s lair which I posted some time ago. I dug further in to the dead wood of the tree and got to the Fruit Chafers lair.

The top left photo shows the cocoons I took out of the branch. They were made from the faeces of the beetles. They use there own saliva (uhhk…) to glue together the faeces. They are about two centimeters in diameter.

Top right shows one of the cocoons opened. You can clearly see what the larvae looks like.

Bottom left shows a living beetle burring in to the faeces. I guess he was licking some of it together to form cocoons.

Bottom right shows the adult beetle ready to take to the wing.

I found all of this very interesting and wanted to share it with you. I have seen similar photos of the larvae on a SA Museum site to validate my findings. Hope you find it just as interesting.

carper, ellis49, TAZ, PDP, DiaAzul, AndyB, mogens-j, nwoehnl, RAP, Lourens, extramundi, ephemere, deud, Callie, letr, Phoki has marked this note useful
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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-08 6:15]

Pragtige skoot en ek sal netnou die note lees. Excellent series and the only thing I have seen before is the insect. The rest is new to me and it is very interesting You captured this very well.

Het is een mooie reportage geworden Gerhard,
The photo are all very informative, and the note tell us a lot, Het is weer een uitstekend werkstuk geworden.

Gerhard, Interesting slices of life in the fast lane ;-) I'm enjoying this series except for the fact that my breakfast has lost some its appeal this morning! Hey-antenae up this time!! Thanks for the good read also..

Very good serie.
Nice colours and good sharpness.
Very good note.
Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-09-08 10:20]

Cette série de 4 photos est très instructive. Bonne réalisation photographique.
Good idea & well done !

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-08 11:05]

Gerhard, this is an excellent set, very well presented and such a great note too. I didn't know about these so I have learned something today. Thanks.

I'll give this a big thumbs up for interest and education. Really helps to put things into perspective by bringing all four stages together. I guess by the end of the year we can all go out and buy 'My Acacia Tree - A potted natural history' in the book shops.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-09-08 15:06]

A very interesting and well presented series of work.
Good clear details in each shot and an excellent informative note.
Very well done.

Very nice set of pictures showing thelifecircle of this beetle Gerhard. All with great sharpness and details - well done.

Very interesting note too.

Very interesting assemblage of the four photos, Gerhard. A lot to learn from the photos and your instructive notes. All the photos are well contrasted and rich in detail. Good job.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-08 16:45]

Excelente composicion de 4 imágenes, con muy buena definicion, colorido y presentacion.
Interesante el relato de tus notas.

Excellent composition of 4 images, with very good definition, colorful and presentation.
Interesting the story of your notes.

Very interesting set of photos. Nice informative note. This is what I like about TN - always something to learn and to enrich our lives.

Gerhard, this is lovely work. Learnig all this things is pleasant. Thanks for sharing.

super 4 photos en une...magnifique présentation...j'aime beaucoup en plus que je ne connais pas...un grand merci pour le partage...du tout bon boulot...amicalement BI

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-09-09 7:27]

I am perfectly agree with TAZ! 100%

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1102 W: 95 N: 2611] (7555)
  • [2004-09-09 15:36]

Hiedie is regtig BAIE goed. Nice, consice note, and the imaes does the talking. I hope you placed them on the bird tray for Kuifie and his mates, they eat these guys.

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
  • [2004-09-09 16:34]

Like the reportage style here with good composition and colors and yes it is very interesting Gerhard !!

Gerhardt, I know this is an old post now, but I just found it. As you know my surname is Chafer and I just wanted you to know that not all Chafer like to lick their own faeces:).
Also, I don't make my kids beds out of faeces either :).
Seriously though, its a great prewsentation and I'm glad I found it. Great composition and interesting story on their life cycle, TFS.

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