Here are some gorgeous pictures I’ve shamelessly swiped (with permission) from the Facebook page of biologist/naturalist/photographer Piotr Naskrecki, who’s been spending a lot of time in Mozambique. His photography webpage is here; and the captions below (indented) are all his:
And now, for a change, something that we can all agree on – isn’t it the most beautiful grasshopper that you have ever seen? (Monachidium lunum from Guyana.) [JAC: Given its coloration, this must be toxic or somehow noxious.]
This beautiful grasshopper (Aiolopus thalassinus) is commonly found in Gorongosa National Park and most of Africa. But this photo was not taken there, it was taken in Poland, where until recently it was a rare animal, restricted to a few small populations in the warmest parts of the country. Now it is common everywhere and is steadily moving North. If there ever was any doubt in my mind about the reality of the global climate change, it is gone now.
I call this one, “Two ladies at the bar.” (Dolichoderus ants drinking honeydew from tiny aphids at the tip of a vine leaf in Cambodia.)
The African peach moth (Egybolis valliantina), a beautiful, diurnal species, that can be seen flying in Gorongosa National Park almost throughout the entire year. Its bright coloration is a sure sign of the toxic properties of its body.
Some termite species build elaborate “launching pads” for the emerging winged reproductives. I had no idea why they did that until I witnessed voracious Pachycondyla ants trying to snatch the alates emerging from a colony of Amitermes in Gorongosa National Park. Within a few seconds all workers and alates disappeared underground, leaving behind the soldiers, who repelled the ants.