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Flying termites

Flying termites

WPC Transmogrify

Every year after the first rains in early summer, swarms of flying termites emerge from their underground nests in the surrounding hills. The idea is that the flying termites, when sufficiently distant from the parent nest, should land, shrug off their wings and scout about for a mate. After mating, the pair then excavates a burrow to start a new colony. However, their flight takes place in the dark of evening when the security lights are on all around our building and they are drawn to the light in their thousands.

As soon as the wingless, and therefore helpless, termites set themselves to the task of mating, the geckos arrive and start feasting on the abundance of food. We have quite a few of these little critters living under our awnings, where they hunt for mosquitos and moths after dark.

One of these little fellows entertained us by over-indulging to such an extent that he had difficulty crawling back into his little hidey-hole. These images of the little glutton, captured by my daughter, soon became known as the “reverse diet” BEFORE and AFTER photos.

Flying termites

Flying termites

Hungry gecko on the prowl

BEFORE: Hungry gecko on the prowl

Stuffed gecko

AFTER: stuffed gecko

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26 Comments

  1. Haha,dis kostelik,Hester!

    • Dankie, die outjies is so oulik, hulle kan aan gladde oppervlaktes soos vensters klou. Ons noem hulle plakkermanne.

      • Dis ‘n oulike naam…daai pootjies het sulke suiertjies.

        • Ja, gelukkig piepie hy nie op sy pootjies soos ‘n sekere apie wat iemand eenkeer by my kom aflaai het nie. Ek het amper die piep gekry.

        • Ja nagapies piepie in hul handjies en smeer dit orals om te merk…lol!

  2. Lekker dikgevreet!

  3. Oulik!

  4. Ek sien elke week uit na jou inskrywing. Jy is lekker slim!

  5. 👍🏻 je zou een leger gekko,s moeten hebben. Geweldig, deze heeft een goed feestmaal gehad.

    • Hulle het baie maatjies om hulle te help – die iguanas, blouapies en paddas vreet die volgende oggend nog ontbyt. Ons woon in ‘n gebied met baie min mense en digte plantegroei.

  6. Urgh, weet nie waarvoor grrrilll ek nou die meeste nie – termiete of gulsige gekko!

  7. Ek wonder nou, as hulle so baie eet, of hulle vet word?

    • Ons het nog nie opgelet dat hulle veel vetter word nie. Die maaltye is nie altyd so groot nie en hulle leef meesal van muskiete, motte en muggies.

  8. Trommeldik!! 😉 Vark!! 😀

  9. Ek hou nie baie van die gecko’s nie! Sjoe, maar hy het omtrent geeet!

    • 😀 Ons het al so gewoond geraak aan die vreemdsoortige reptiele en goggas wat saam met ons probeer woon.

  10. 🙂

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