For the identification of insects and other fauna and flora of South Africa: please click on the following links:
Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
Animals, Birds, Reptiles etc.: Animals, Birds, Fish and Crabs - Frogs - Lizards - Scorpions - Snails and Slugs - Snakes - Spiders - Tortoise, Turtles and Terrapins - Whipscorpions
Other photography: Aeroplanes - Cars and Bikes - Travel - Sunrise - Water drops/falls - Sudwala and Sterkfontein Caves etc.

Videos: YouTube

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hermit Crab fight

In a shallow tidal pool, I came across three Hermit Crabs fighting for the possession of a larger shell. For a while I thought the drab grey one would win but it was two against one. Then a forth crab joined in ….
The smallest crab is about 1cm in length.
Unfortunately by this time my camera battery got too low so I never saw who the victor was.
Excuse the poor quality of the pictures but these were taken through the water.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Elephant touching

Elephants not only use their trunks for eating, smelling and drinking, but also touching each other, especially when young.

This re-enforces the bond between the animals of the herd

This baby is only about 18 months old.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Rock Hyrax (Dassie)

 Family Hyracoidae Procaviidae
The Rock Hyrax reaches a length of 50 cm (20 in) and weighs around 4 kg (8.8 lb),  
They eat a varied species of plants and grass and are able to go for many days without water due to the moisture they obtain through their food.
Hyraxes live in colonies of up to 30 individuals. These colonies are subdivided into smaller groups consisting of a few families. These consist of 3 to 15 related adult females, a dominant male, and several young. The dominant male defends and watches over the group. The male also marks its territory
They give birth to two or three young after a gestation period of 6–7 months. The young are well developed at birth with fully opened eyes. Babies can ingest solid food after two weeks and are weaned at ten weeks.
They live on and amongst rocks and can be found in most habitats. They come out early in the mornings to absorb the first rays of the sun

Friday, November 14, 2014

Stick Insect

Family Phasmatodea - Bacillidae 
 Can anyone give me an idea of what is going on here? Stick Insects normally have 6 legs but this one has 4 and it looks like this baby one is eating its own leg????

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014


A selection of mushrooms found on my recent travels. 
 Please do not pick and eat wild mushrooms. They can make you very sick!!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Lion cub

"How boring to be a two year old male lion cub!"
 Yawn .......

 "I think I will go and lay in the elephant dung for a change of pace!"

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Spittal bug

Spittal bugs surround themselves with a ball of foam attached to grass to hide in from predators.