Pollinatory Deep Intimacies on Table Mountain

Cape Green Protea Beetle or Trichostetha fascicularis

Green Protea Beetles eat a variety of fruits and flowers, with their favorite food found in the Proteas of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Otherwise known as the Trichostetha fascicularis, the insects creep into the Protea flower's depths to get to pollen and nectar. While moving around in there, some pollen sticks to the orange stomach hairs, some of which will detach when it visits other flowers.

You can see a video of it doing so here

protea on table mountain sadle

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