Sunflower Seed Bug

Posted by Gavin Falck on Tue Jun 28, 2022 8:37 am

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Canon 80D, Sigma 105 Macro Lens.
f/18; 1/320; ISO-160
Taken at George Botanical Gardens, George, Southern Cape, South Africa.

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by david fletcher on Tue Jun 28, 2022 10:06 am
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Remarkable camouflage with this bug. Nice details Gavin.
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by Tom Whelan on Tue Jun 28, 2022 10:13 pm
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Fine capture of the bug - great setting.

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by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Jun 29, 2022 5:31 am
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Impressive close view-is that a dead sunflower?
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by Gavin Falck on Wed Jun 29, 2022 6:39 am
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The bug is not on a sunflower but on a shrub known as Wild Dagga. It is sitting on the dry pods which remain once the bright orange flowers have died back and fallen off. Although dagga is a South African name for cannabis, this plant is unrelated to Cannabis sativa and has no value for those who want a recreational high. The name comes from the similarity of its leaves to those of the genuine cannabis plant.

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