*CEROCTIS CAPENSIS* - IN ALL MY GLORY....HERE I COME! THE SPOTTED BLISTER BEATLE!

Magriet Meintjes

TOLWE, South Africa

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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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