Belonogaster saussurei

During bloom the widespread shrub croton socotranus is an important food source for insects of all sizes. Here the paper wasp belongaster saussurei is visiting every open flower on this specimen. In many places this shrub is dominating the landscape, and if they are all in bloom you can imagine the abundance of food, and thus insects.

Croton socotranus will respond quickly to rain, and thus if one small area receives water from a shower, the shrub will quickly restart growth. You will see this clearly when you travel throughout Socotra. One location they may be withered and lifeless. Turn a corner and you’ll encounter crotons in bloom and buzzing insects.

Belonogaster saussurei

Belonogaster saussurei

Belonogaster saussurei

Belonogaster saussurei

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