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Dr. E. O. Wilson, Steve Carr and others plan the bioblitz in Mozambique, Africa.

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Dozens of children who live on Mount Gorongosa collect specimens for identification during a bioblitz.

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Dozens of children who live on Mount Gorongosa prepare to collect specimens for identification during a bioblitz.

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Dr. Edward O. Wilson examines the insects caught at a bioblitz in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Africa.

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Dozens of children pick flowers from the genus Dissotis during the bioblitz in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Africa.

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Two boys search for specimens for the bioblitz in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Africa.

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Local kids collect insects for the bioblitz in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Africa.

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Dr. Edward O. Wilson examines the insects caught at a bioblitz in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Africa.

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A group on a mini-blitz close to the top of the Mt. Gorongosa area of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa.

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A male African grasshopper (Dictyophorus griseus) in Gorongosa National Park.. This is an East African species of grasshopper that is known for producing defensive foam when threatened.

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An adult waterscorpion (Laccotrephes sp.) collected during a Bioblitz of the mountain in Gorongosa National Park.

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A cruiser dragonfly naiad (Phyllomacromia sp.), aquatic insect from the Mount Gorongosa area of Gorongosa National Park.

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This is a lantern bug (Zanna sp.), collected from Gorongosa National Park.

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A caterpillar, probably of a noctuid moth, from the Mount Gorongosa Range during the Bioblitz in Gorongosa National Park.

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A baboon spider (Augacephalus sp.) collected in Chitengo Camp in Gorongosa National Park.

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Ants from the genus Pachycondyla, a kind of ponerine ant, moving their colony in Gorongosa National Park. This type of ant is predatory and stings.

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Army ants near Chitengo Camp in Gorongosa National Park.

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A praying mantis (Epitenodera capitata), collected in Gorongosa National Park.

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A tortoise beetle (Aspidomorpha citrina) in Gorongosa National Park. These beetles feed on leaves, and their larvae have an interesting habit of camouflaging themselves with their own feces.

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An African palm weevil (Rhynchophorus phoenicis) at Chitengo Camp in Gorongosa National Park.

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A tortoise beetle (Aspidomorpha citrina) in Gorongosa National Park. These beetles feed on leaves, and their larvae have an interesting habit of camouflaging themselves with their own feces.

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A tortoise beetle (Aspidomorpha citrina) in Gorongosa National Park. These beetles feed on leaves, and their larvae have an interesting habit of camouflaging themselves with their own feces.

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Common river frogs (Amietia angolensis) collected during the Bioblitz in the Mt. Gorongosa area.

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Natal multimammate mice (Mastomys natalensis), trapped during the bioblitz, seem almost to be plotting their escape. Two of them had in fact disappeared into tall grass before a photograph could be taken. A couple of local kids ran into the field and came back with the mice in hand just a few moments later. Residents of Mount Gorongosa often hunt rodents for food.

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Local boys collect frogs and dragonflies around Murombodzi waterfall on Mount Gorongosa during a 2011 bioblitz- a two-hour sampling of its wildlife.

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Naturalists for a day, dozens of children who live on Mount Gorongosa bring E. O. Wilson sandwich bags full of specimens to identify during the bioblitz. Mostly they find insects. Most of the big animals are gone from the mountain.

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