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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
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Green and brown fly

An unknown fly species but it is so coloursful I thought I would post it. 
 It reminds me of those after-dinner mints, :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Large Cockroach - Blattodea

This must be the largest cockroach I have ever seen, around 3cm in length.
 Found in Tsitsikamma region.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Very often Nyala are confused with Kudu and Bushbuck, although the Kudu is much larger when fully grown and the Bushbuck only slightly bigger than the Nyala.

The male has a distinctive white chevron between his eyes and up to seven white vertical stripes on each side of his body, while the female has about nine.
Like most other antelope species, only the males have horns. They are lyre-shaped and the longest horns that have been recorded were 83.5 centimetres.
Their gestation period is about seven months after which a single calf is born.
Info: Unique Facts about Wildlife in South Africa (Joan Young)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Water Monitor (Varanus niloticus)

Family Varanidae
Water Monitors, as the name implies, are always found near water and grow to almost 2m in length. They defend themselves by lashing out with their tails, biting and scratching.
They eat frogs, smaller reptiles, birds eggs and chicks, terrapin eggs, small mammals.
They are distinquished from the Rock Monitor by their yellow stripes which become more drab as they age.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Vultures feeding

Vultures are the clean-up crew and by the time they have finished with a carcass, there is nothing but white bones left.
Various species will gather together at feeding time and huge squabbles break out amongst all.
Some vultures have a wingspan of up to 2m.
Their bills are made for tearing the meal off.
Vultures cannot begin flying on their own and need the warm thermals later in the mornings to give them enough lift-off.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Serrated Tent Tortoise (Psammobates oculifer)

Family Testudinidae
They are found mainly in the arid regions of SA and live up to 20 years of age.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Ladybird - Harmonia sp

Family Coccinellidae 
 It is unusual to see a Ladybird with smudges of another colour in it like the patches of red on this one.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Common Bluetail (Ischnura senegalensis) female

Family Coenagrionidae
An immature female covered with mites.
It is a fairly common damselfly and found almost everywhere there is still water.