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 Hidden wonders : the small 5005 of Southern Africa insects, spiders, frogs, reptiles / photographs by Dan Lieberman, tecxt by Rael Loon
 
Hidden wonders : the small 5005 of Southern Africa insects, spiders, frogs, reptiles / photographs by Dan Lieberman, text by Rael Loon.

 


Hoverfly, Sysrphidae, Asarkins sp. The hoverfly mimics bess and wasps due to its black and yellow stripes. They are abl to perfectly hover in the air like a helicopter, while feeding on nectar and pollen. the males have larger eyes thant the females which are joined on top of the head.

 

 

Preface :

Thousands of foreign tourists flock annually to experience first hand the majesty of the Big 5 in their natural habitat. These Big 5 species are the "flagships" of many a perception of conservation : represented by the elephant's tusks, the lion's mane, the leopard's spots, the buffalo's boss and the rhino's horn. Often the success or failure of a tourist's visit to a game reserve in southern Africa depends on how many sightings of the Big 5 were achieved and from how close these sightings were witnessed.

But if one just takes a moment to stop and redirect one's gaze, one can instantly encounter the rest of Africa's denizens - the neglected Small 5005 : listen closely for the Elephant Shrew foraging within the undergrowth beneath the elephant's toes. Look down and become enthralled by an Antlion waiting in its death pit for an unsuspecting ant while the lioness eyes her quarry. ...

These creatures represent the Small 5005, the forgotten inhabitants of the African savannah : the diversity among birds, insects, spiders, scorpions, frogs, lizards and snakes. While the Big 5 flaunt the flag of conservation, many of the Small 5005 represent the "keystones" upon which conservation relies.

 

 

Millipede ; Millipeds are arthropods and related to insects. They are easily recognised by their elongated body form, lack of separate thorax and abdomen,and the presence of numerous walking legs. They are rather slow moving and feed on decomposing plant material.
Source :Auckland Park, South Africa : Jacana, 2014. Hidden wonders : the small 5005 of Southern Africa insects, spiders, frogs, reptiles / photographs by Dan Lieberman, text by Rael Loon.
 
 
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