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Re: Centipede behaviour :-

Post by okie » Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:25 pm

Enough is enough

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Re: Centipede behaviour :-

Post by Flutterby » Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:23 am

Eeeek...no!! :shock: I saw about 1 second and couldn't watch anymore!! 0- 0-

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Re: Centipede behaviour :-

Post by okie » Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:51 pm

Its a real monster hey ? Eats a hamburger for lunch :shock:
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Re: Centipede behaviour :-

Post by Lisbeth » Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:51 pm

It looks like something from the space :shock: ....and it is also venomous 0-
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Re: Centipede behaviour :-

Post by Dzombo » Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:28 pm

Lisbeth wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:51 pm
It looks like something from the space ....and it is also venomous
Extremely venomous, and with big jaws which can deliver a nasty bite.
Really no need to handle it.
And feeding it a sandwich???? -O-

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Processionary Worms

Post by Richprins » Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:46 am

From Mrs Dwarf in Marloth:



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Processionary worms, moth species Anaphe reticulata, family Thaumetopeidae. They feed on Grewia bushes.
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Re: Processionary Worms

Post by Lisbeth » Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:56 am

Aren't they called caterpillars? Worms is another thing -O

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_processionary
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Re: Interesting or Unusual Behaviour

Post by Richprins » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:13 am

A wasp catching a spider on the S127 by Ratel:


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Re: Interesting or Unusual Behaviour

Post by Flutterby » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:18 am

I have seen this before at my in-laws. Amazing, when the wasp is so much smaller than the spider! :yes:

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Re: Dung Beetle

Post by Lisbeth » Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:29 pm

Discovering the fascinating world of dung beetles

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Dung beetles are amazing creatures!
They are unique insects that play an important role in maintaining healthy ecosystems. Even their name is very fitting as their life revolves around dung – they literally can’t live without it!

There are four broad categories of dung beetle: rollers, tunnellers, dwellers and stealers. Rollers shape dung into balls and roll them away from the pile, which they then bury to either munch on later or to use as a place to lay their eggs. Tunnellers dive into the dung pile, usually working in a male-female pair, and dig a tunnel beneath it. Dwellers, on the other hand, simply live inside the dung pile. Then there are the stealers – these lazy beetles will just steal the dung balls from the rollers for their own use.

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So, why would an insect want to eat dung? Well, when an animal (such as an elephant or a rhino) munches on some tasty grub, there are always parts of the food that pass through its body undigested, and end up in its dung. Its these nutritious bits of undigested food that dung beetles tuck into.

These cool critters may be small, but they are they mighty! The taurus scarab (Onthophagus taurus) – a species of dung beetle – is considered the strongest animal on Earth in relation to body weight to lift ratio. This insect can pull 1,141 times its own body weight – that’s the same as a human dragging six full double-decker buses!

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Dung beetles use the polarised light of the sun and the moon to navigate. According to research, there are some nocturnal dung beetles that have been observed navigating using the Milky Way. Currently they are the only known non-vertebrate animal to navigate and orient themselves using this bright stripe of light generated by our galaxy.

As you can see, dung beetles are quite fascinating – so be sure to take some time to observe these little creatures the next time you’re on safari!
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