Beho Beho Bushblog – Salum – 23 November


I was at the workshop this afternoon changing my tire. One of the maintenance guys rushed to me and asked if I could follow him to see an insect called 9th of December. I was surprised to hear that there is an insect called 9th of December. I never heard that before. From what I know 9th of December is our independence day. I followed him and he showed me a Spiny Flower Mantis. Such a beautiful insect. I watched him for a long time. These guys call him 9th of December because it has got a number 9 on his front wings and they come out normally at this time of the year. These colours are for display. The male will open up the wings to attract a female. Second is for camouflage, helping him to hide from predators. And lastly it is to attract their prey, nectar feeding insects will be attracted because these Mantis look like a flower so insect want to pollinate.

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4 Responses to Beho Beho Bushblog – Salum – 23 November

  1. Darlene Knott says:

    Sent from Darlene’s iPad!


  2. pia muller says:

    Hi Salum,
    What a wonderful insect. It is a mantis dressed by a genius fashion designer for a fashion show.
    Nature is an incredible artist !
    Similar wonders you may find when snorkeling. Coral fishes often have those amazing patterns ,designs and colors.
    Thank you so much Salum.
    I’m always happy to have news from Beho Beho. Take care !!
    Pia from Luxembourg

    • Salum says:

      Hi Pia.
      How was your journey back home. I is true that nature is amazing. We well try our best to inform you on what is happening at the camp. Happy to see your comment.
      Thank you.

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