5 Aug 2011

The Little Things In Life

Some of my favorite images are the ones showing the little creatures - like these of Tenebrionid beetles from the Namib desert.

They have adapted in ingenious ways to the challenges of desert life. To drink they climb to the ridge of the highest dunes and stretch their little bodies into the misty morning air. Dew collects on their wings, equiped with hydrophilic bumps just for this purpose, and after some time and with the help of the wind minute drops of life giving water glide down into the mouth parts of the beetle.

It is an almost surealistic sight seeing these bright blue, white or black beetles race over dunes in the heat of the day despite harsh coastal winds and wirls of sand.

Courtship Race, blue tenebrionid beetle, Sossusvlei, Namibia
Against The Wind, blue tenebrionid beetle, Soussvlei, Namibia
Chased By The Shadow, blue tenebrionid beetle, Sossusvlei, Namibia
Adapting, white tenbrionid beetle, Skeleton Coast, Namibia

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