A very common tree in lower levels of Socotra which in places make widespread forests. On my trip I found these trees in full bloom here along the Detwah lagoon, whilst on other sides of the island the trees were with yellow leaves like autumn, and yet other areas completely without leaves or flowers.

When in bloom you can see many interesting insects visiting the flowers. Here both ants and one peculiar fly is on the same flower, and when seen together you can picture the ant on the fly’s wings. At least some sort of insect with legs. I don’t know if the patterns are to imitate ants, and if so how this is beneficial.

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