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        Insects, Spiders, and More | Gorongosa Park

        They creep and they crawl... but they also hold together the whole ecosystem! Take a really close look at some of the smaller and most amazing creatures from Gorongosa Park, as photographed by Piotr Naskrecki.

        Bromophila caffra

        One of the strangest flies that I have ever seen Bromophila caffra from Mozambique. These huge flies (wingspan up to 50 mm) are very sluggish and rarely try to fly away if approached. Their larvae feed on roots of Terminalia, from which they probably extract toxic secondary compounds.

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        Owlfly

        Owlfly: Tmesibasis lacerata.

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        Euschmidtia Grasshopper

        Grasshoppers of the genus Euschmidtia are some of the funniest looking insects. They move their body from side to side before each jump, judging the distance.

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        Idolomorpha dentifrons Mantis

        Praying mantis Idolomorpha dentifrons.

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        Mating Slugs

        Gorongosa is for lovers, even if your lover is of the same two sexes. (Slugs are hermaphroditic.)

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        Golden Orb-Weaver

        The golden orb-weaver (Nephila senegalensis) is one of the largest spiders of Gorongosa. Its name comes from the beautifully golden coloration of its silk.

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        Stalk-Eyed Fly

        Stalk-eyed fly (Diasemopsis fasciata) from Gorongosa National Park.

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