Category: kruger

Lipotriches kondeana.  A bee from South Africa…

Lipotriches kondeana.  A bee from South Africa, Kruger National Park.  Collected on expedition with James Harrison and Jonathan Mawdsley.  

A series of pictures from Silas Bossert from the National Collection at the Smithsonian.  They use their own hi res camera equipment, but prefer a light background.  

Well, hmmm, this Coreabus beetle species form …

Well, hmmm, this Coreabus beetle species form Kruger National Park in South Africa, looked better under the scope than when we photographed it.  Still, its workable and our only shot.  Nice hair pattern.  A bup (Buprestid) that is dark and you can just barely make out its glintyness and surface sculpturing.  Thanks to Jonathan Mawdsley for the photo and Anders Croft (no judgement).

Lovely wasp from Kruger National Park.  Again,…

Lovely wasp from Kruger National Park.  Again, not being a wasp person, I don’t know the species.  The group may be the sand wasp (Bembicini) .  Photos by Anders Croft.

Another tree flower loving beetle from South A…

Another tree flower loving beetle from South Africa this one a buprestid, Acmaeodera virgo.  Collected widely in bowl traps and in trees in Kruger National Park.  Photo by Kelly Graninger.

Xylocopa inconstans

Xylocopa inconstans

One of several species of Carpenter Bees that come from Kruger National Park.  

This white patch makes it relatively distinct.  Part of expeditions led by Jonathan Mawdsley and James Harrison. Photo by Erick Hernandez.

Fun wasp from Kruger National Park.  

Fun wasp from Kruger National Park.  

Note the expanded antennal ends (actually the other antennae snapped off).  Most likely this is one of the pollen gathering wasps in Masserinae group. 

 So, you thought only bees in the stinging category of insects gathered pollen.  Nope.  However, in North America, these wasps mostly, if not entirely show up only in the West.

Sexy Cerambycid beetles from Kruger National P…

Sexy Cerambycid beetles from Kruger National Park Genus:  

Tragocephala.  

Check how the eye wraps around the antennae and peeks out atop the head.  Makes those plain old round vertebrate eyes seem limiting.  Photograph by Anders Croft.  

Hey now here is a common bee from Kruger Natio…

Hey now here is a common bee from Kruger National Park, Meliturgula scriptifrons.  

A smallish brown bee that are commonly caught in bowl traps.  Part of the small number of genera in Andrenidae.  

Photo by Kelly Graninger.

Here is a short 3 picture series of 3 Mylabris…

Here is a short 3 picture series of 3 Mylabris blister beetles from Kruger National Park, where they are often found on tree flowers.  

I had the unfortunate experience of storing a bunch of these in my pocket while in the bush.  Later that night my upper thigh was covered in large blisters.  Be warned.  Cool antennae, why so divided, some of you need to figure this out.  

Pictures by Erick Hernandez and Anders Croft.

One of the flower chafers, 

One of the flower chafers, 

Leucocelis amythistina.  

These beetles feed on the pollen of flowers are one of the commonly found members of the large tree munching beetle clan in Kruger National Park.  Nice to read the runic messages inscribed secretly on the back of this species.