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October 09, 2009

Cape Town insects – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay

This amazing series of pictures was captured by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Koeshke.

Koeshke says,”Cape Town has a rich diversity of insect life, which I have only begun to explore, and my quest for a good photo of them has yielded some interesting surprises.”

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Spring is in the air and all around me new life begins. The trees are sprouting new leaves, flowers are blooming and animals do what comes naturally. Life is good.

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I found this photo fascinating. The caterpillar had been eating its way through this leaf in Lakeside, but somehow in the process had managed to cut itself in half on the sharp edges of the very leaf it had been devouring. Somehow, it seemed like poetic justice.

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In spring, there is a huge variety of dragon- and damselflies around. This little one sat quite still for me to get within centimetres of its face.

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I can just hear this praying mantis say: “Brothers and sisters, please turn to Psalm 23 in your hymnals ...” As a child I was always fascinated by the praying mantis, and they are still one of my favourite insects, despite the fact that they are quite accomplished predators.

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Butterfly season has begun, and I have lost quite a few kilograms running after these little fellows. This little silver-bottom brown butterfly (Pseudonympha magus) was shot in Montague Gardens. They are quite active and it took me about half an hour of following him around before he got tired and finally sat down for a rest.

I find insect photography fascinating. The camera sees so much more than we do and after a shoot, I can’t wait to download the results to see what I never saw before.

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Image © Koeshke 2009

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