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The pearl of the Orient

August 12, 2010

Another contribution to the photo contest is this pearl of the Orient: a peeled fruit of longan (Dimocarpus longan, Sapindaceae). The female fighting beetle (Xylotrypes gideon, Scarabaeidae) enjoys longan as a sugary snack. Both the fruit-tree and the beetle live at Dokmai Garden. Thank you Edward Simmons for this lovely picture!

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