Thursday, August 25, 2011

And life goes on...

Aren't these insects incredible? They are rainbow shield bugs (Calidea dregii, Hemiptera) from Africa, and they live on developing seeds of Jatropha, an Euphorbiaceae (like poinsettia) that is being developed as a biofuel. Apparently the males do a courting dance before they mate and they are the most active during the hottest day, so no siesta for these.

Photo by Ton Rulkens on Flickr. (Thanks for letting us post it!)

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