Sunday, November 7, 2010

Protea bug

When I was doing a bit of research for the post on Pin Cushion Proteas, I found the following information: "Proteas aren't self-pollinating and depend on the small scarab beetles and the birds for pollination."  Now I don't think this little dude sitting on the King Protea is a scarab beetle, but if he does the job who am I to question what he's doing there.

4 comments:

  1. He sure is tiny Jonker but he does a great job wiith helping to pollinate the plants.

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  2. The world would be a miserable place if it were not for all these tiny creatures that work so hard!! Diane

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  3. If ever you want an insect identified, send it to the SA Museum - all the info on their website biodiversityexplorer.com. This dude does look like a member of the scarab beetle family - which is a huge group that includes fruit chafers and dung beetles.

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