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

Monday, September 15, 2014

Brownveined White (Belenois aurota)

Family Pieridae Pierinae
A medium size butterfly that migrates northwards at the end of December or the begining of January when thousands of them can be seen,


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Southern Rock Agama (Agama atra)

Family Agamidae
 They are found in the arid regions and about 25cm in length. During breeding season the males have a white stripe down their backs.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Longcrested Eagle

These beautiful eagles are not easily seen close by so that one can take pictures of them. Such a pity it was on a telephone pole but beggars can't be choosers. 
They are solitary and eat rodents and reptiles.
They are not found in arid regions.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Humpbacked Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

 
Humpbacked Whale http://youtu.be/_ijJOFrKeL4

Whales normally breach too far from the shore to get any pictures or video footage but on calm days, they tend to come in closer. On one of my last days at the coast, I went to the shops at the small town of Port Edward and decided to buy something for lunch and take it down to the shore to eat.

There was a Humpbacked Whale just off the shore!! Lunch was forgotten as I grabbed cameras and tried to capture the images of it and it was not till I put the footage on the computer, that I noticed something interesting......

What surprised me in all of this was that the fishermen on the shore, just a few meters from the whale, took absolutely no notice of it even though it was basically swimming under their fishing lines!! Can people be so blind to things which happen in nature?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Ears and tails - identification

Very often when we ride in game parks looking for animals, we see only an ear twitching or a tail sticking out from a bush.
 All our big cats have different ear and tail markings so this might help you next time you see something.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Crimson Speckled Footman (Utetheisa pulchella)

 Family Arctiidae
 These moths are common and found throughout South Africa.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Buffalo and crocodile

One always thinks that crocodiles do nothing else but eat whatever comes near. 
 At Sunset Dam near Lower Sabie in the Kruger National Park, I saw this huge crocodile sharing space with some buffalo. Crocodiles will not eat or hunt when they have recently eaten as and average meal of an Impala would take about 28 days to digest.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lizard Buzzard and snake

 A Lizard Buzzard flew up into a tree with this snake of about 2m (6')
 Not good pictures as it had to be taken against the afternoon sunlight.



Saturday, August 30, 2014

Small Orange Acraea to Dancing Acraea

Please note this major name change:

Was: Hyalites eponina - Small Orange Acraea

Now: Telchinia Serena - Dancing Acraea


 


Thursday, August 28, 2014