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*CEROCTIS CAPENSIS* - IN ALL MY GLORY....HERE I COME! THE SPOTTED  BLISTER BEATLE! by Magaret Meintjes
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CAPTURED LOCATION: Groenland Game-lodge/Safari’s, Tolwe, Limpopo Province, South Africa.
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2014/02/04

CAMERA Nikon D50

2010/03/26 09:05:59.6
Lens: Nikon DX VR
AF – 5 IKKOR 18-55mm 13.5-5.6G
Focal Length: 55mm
1/1000 sec – F/5.6

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You either, hate them, love them or enjoy them! They destroy any beautiful flower! I decided, this time, make the most of it, capture it!
Family Meloidae
Mostly elongate and soft bodied, with large head seperated by a distinct neck from the narrower pronotum.
Pronotum variously shaped but always narrower than elytra. Elytra fully developed or in ground living species, shortened in exposed part of the abdomen. Coloration yellow or orange bands, warning of toxicity or distastefulness.
Adults secrete liquids containing the poison cantharadin from the leg joints. May blister human skin and if eaten can prove fatal. Some lay eggs in holes in soil. First stage larvae seek grasshopper egg pods on which to feed. Others lay eggs on flowers, and their first stage larvae attach themselves to visiting bees, which carry them back to their nests. The beatle larvae then occupy cells and feed on the hosts’sores of pollen and nectar. After reaching their hosts, they moult into fat, inactive grubs. Adults feeds on flowers, foilage or nectar.

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beatles, insects, macro, africa, wildlife

I was born and still live in Africa.
Live a life close to nature, where I get the inspiration to do what I love most…., “Photography”.
Where I live and what I do is my destiny. I am grateful for the privilege

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Comments

  • Julie Everhart
    Julie Everhartover 4 years ago
  • Thank you so much xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • nysjoyce10
    nysjoyce10over 4 years ago

    Super macro!

  • Thank you so much for your visit and very kind commet, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Strattonover 4 years ago

    Wow! A wonderful example good DOF and ‘timing’. Really shows the subject at its’ best. Nice work. Pete

  • Wow! Thank you so much for your visit and very inspiring comment Pete, much appreciated, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • eyestrange
    eyestrangeover 4 years ago


    Don’t forget to add it to the June Avatar Challenge!

    Only one work can be entered for each challenge.

  • Wow! What a wonderful and honour and surprise, thank you so much for a great inspiration! Take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Macky
    Mackyover 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature Mags, well deserved!!

  • Thank you so much Macks, appreciate your visit and kind comment, take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosover 4 years ago

    Dit is ongelooflik mooi en ’n perfekte macro …………wooow wee !!

  • Baie dankie Sandra, waardeer so ’n inspirerende kompliment van jou, jou werk is “stunning” xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanover 4 years ago

    Wow, awesome shot!

  • Thank you so much for your visit and very inspiring comment Lisa, I appreciate it, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • sharlee
    sharleeover 4 years ago

    Stunning capture!

  • Thank you so much for your visit and very kind comment, take care x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Yool
    Yoolover 4 years ago

    Just amazing dear Mags…what a wonderful capture…WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you so much Yool, take care xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • julie08
    julie08over 4 years ago

    Fantastic :)

  • Thank you so much ! take care x

    – Magaret Meintjes

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