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James Tyrrell


James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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Interesting blog James. It boggles the mind how many species there realy are. New species are discovered every day in the Amazon. Predators must be some of the animals we want to see most but you are correct. It is all about the other species.

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could it be the beaded weevil??

Dina you may be right, although there are so many that look so similar I’d be hesitant to make the final call!

This may be my new favorite blog. As humans move way too many creatures of all kinds toward extinction because of greed, ignorance or just plain inhumanity . . . we all must learn more respect for all with which we share the planet Earth.

The life that exists on this planet will forever be the greatest source of joy, inspiration, wonder and hope for me. The sheer number and diversity of life, especially what we don’t and probably will never know about. How did this earth get to be so blessed with such wonder?

Great photos James. Seems you were using a macro lens, or a long lens. There are so many creatures that we never see, consequently don’t think about, except when we’re adversely affected. Case in point – chiggers, or commonly known as “noseeums “. They are microscopic insects that live in dry vegetation. If a human comes into contact with these you can be bitten – and the bites will appear on any part of your body. They secrete a liquid that causes the skin to raise and form a blister centered bite. They are painful and extremely itchy – I know from experience. I’m not sure if they exist in Sabi Sand as I’ve not been bitten there.

So keep up your explorations And let us know when you make a new discovery.

Thanks Denise,

But credit must go to Rob Crankshaw for the macro images; they’re both his. He’s the local macro whizz.

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