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Lens: SMC Takumar 135mm F3.5 Camera: K-50 Photo Location: Durban ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/60s Aperture: F11 
Posted By: Charlie Victor, 05-09-2016, 01:04 PM

Sleeping... They lock their mandibles onto a twig, pull their legs up against their bodies and doze off.
Critique always welcome.
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05-09-2016, 03:22 PM   #2
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Very similar to our Blue Banded Bee here.................................good catch BTW
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Great photo and fascinating behavior - very well-documented!
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Very similar to our Blue Banded Bee here.................................good catch BTW
Thanks, Eaglem. Yes, the similarity among species from different continents is amazing. I must say that some of your unique creepy-crawlies are a bit scary and I'm glad we do not have their equivalents in Africa. :-)

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Great photo and fascinating behavior - very well-documented!
Thank you for the kind comments, Mole. This one was sleeping so soundly that I was able to cut the twig and manoeuvre it into the position I wanted! :-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Charlie Victor Quote
They lock their mandibles onto a twig, pull their legs up against their bodies and doze off
A super shot of a behaviour that I've never heard of before, well done indeed.

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This one was sleeping so soundly that I was able to cut the twig and manoeuvre it into the position I wanted!
Must have had a hard night on the sauce.
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What an unusual critter. Thanks for sharing with us.
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Thank you for watching and the positive feedback, Kerrowdown. :-)

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My pleasure, Susan. Learning more about the creatures around us is a positive spin-off from photography for me. :-)
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