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An inhabitant of the Kwena river valley, where I spent the previous week. I have tried to identify this 4cm long hairy character from various books and internet sites, but no luck.


Enjoy the weekend.



comments (18)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Apr 2015, 00:13
Beautiful, beautiful image, Gentle Louis...
Louis: Thanks Ray. Gentle? There are those that will not recover from laughing when they read this smile
Wonderful shot of this beautiful creature!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth - not being able to identify it, frustrates me. But then, there are thousands of insect types in the country ...
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Apr 2015, 05:01
This is a likey to me, what a wonderful portrait of the hairy fella....
Louis: Thank you Astrid - that is an honour
Simply wonderful Louis! Well spotted and captured.
Louis: Thank you Richard. I found it during one of my hikes.
Till it's identified, Louis, it's still textbook!
Louis: Thank you Ginnie - the 100-400 is a wonderful lens.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Apr 2015, 07:15
What a wonderful and hungry looking critter Louis!
Louis: So it is, so it is, Chris
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Apr 2015, 07:21
Oh, he is enjoying the togetherness with Lady flower. Lisl might identify this inhabitant, but she has disappeared ...
Louis: Thanks Philine. I believe Lisl will have a hard time, as this one is not a British citizen.
Cracking picture Louis. Enjoy your weekend. We are having our book sale a week late as last week was Easter and the church had other things in mind!
Louis: Thanks Bill. One day when I have too much money I will come and assist with a sale.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Apr 2015, 09:45
All creatures great and small, your photo blog has them all.

Strange but interesting colours, a match made in nature.
Louis: The colours were what helped me to discover it. You are given to good rhyming then, blackdog smile
When I was a kid I would collect these hairy fellows and watch them crawl around. This one is on a very attractive plant too.
Louis: Thanks Mary. In my search, I came across a site that extols the danger of vivid coloured critters, saying many are poisonous. If colour is the main indication, this one should be poisonous ... http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/eats/zimbabwe-favorite-snack-mopane-worms-article-1.1247669
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 10 Apr 2015, 10:43
Perhaps you have discovered something new Louis, you should go back and try to find it again.
Louis: I think a bird has also discovered it, in the mean time gutteridge. I believe if I contact the right people, it would be identified. Problem is that there are thousands of insects in this country and not that many are photographed and available on searches.
A little beauty, whatever it is Louis. Lovely shot
Louis: Especially striking against the purplish flower. Thanks cornishmaid.
i love this louis..
Louis: Thank you Aderonke
Don't worry too much about the species Louis, it is a fine image of a great looking little character going about its business.
Louis: I won't loose sleep, but it is still somewhat annoying, when you can't identify it. Thanks Brian. Sorry for the misnomer.
Great capture, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Tom
gorgeous shot, Louis. very interesting for me. and a clever title too. a pity it is hard to identify but in no way dos it detract from your image.
Louis: Thank you Ayush. I just feel better when I know what species it is.
This is very good Louis... give enough time i could count the hairs on its back....petersmile
Louis: Time is yours, peter smile
Great contrast with the flower and critter hairs.
Louis: Thank you Jacquelyn Ann

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