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Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca

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colin25

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August 18, 2019 03:13 PM SAST

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leejones

Date

November 13, 2016 02:08 PM SAST

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Another Laelia?
these were on Milkwoods

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qgrobler

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August 5, 2019 09:15 PM SAST

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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henrydelange

Date

July 28, 2019 09:55 PM SAST

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African Mask Spider Synema imitator

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flippie1971

Date

August 10, 2019 01:57 PM SAST

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~5mm Crab spider. Male. Garden.

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Tussock Moths Subfamily Lymantriinae

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suncana

Date

August 4, 2019 04:43 PM SAST

Description

CRG 310

Food plant: Boerbean

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South African Giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis ssp. giraffa

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gareth_preiss

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August 3, 2019 08:13 AM SAST

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African Hummingbird Hawkmoth Macroglossum trochilus

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georgematt96

Date

April 14, 2019 02:29 PM SAST

Description

This moth like thing with a curly beak/bill(for the lack of the correct term, please help?) was spotted in Ermelo Mpumalanga South Africa. It appears that the wings have a camo like motif of greens and browns
I would like to know what it is

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Ghost Mantis Phyllocrania paradoxa

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i_c_riddell

Date

July 22, 2019 09:23 AM CET

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chartuso

Date

June 20, 2019 08:08 AM MDT

Description

series of a bird hunting at dusk (appeared to catch something but could not see what)

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Southern Kori Ardeotis kori ssp. kori

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happyasacupcake

Date

July 16, 2019 07:09 AM SAST

Description

Beautiful koris preening in the early morning sun.

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Lemon Lion Tomatares citrinus

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nickypegg

Date

February 19, 2015

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qgrobler

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July 22, 2019 09:21 PM SAST

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qgrobler

Date

July 22, 2019 08:05 PM SAST

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Pririt Batis Batis pririt

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gyrrlfalcon

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June 4, 2019 02:20 PM SAST

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laurent_h

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June 30, 2019 10:48 AM SAST

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colin25

Date

June 21, 2019 11:56 AM SAST

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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henrydelange

Date

May 31, 2019 09:32 PM SAST

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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henrydelange

Date

June 19, 2019 07:31 PM SAST

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wolfachim

Date

January 23, 2006 12:00 AM CET

Description

Photo and ID by Hanna Roland

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Cape Cormorant Phalacrocorax capensis

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martin_weigand

Date

July 20, 2019 11:43 AM HST

Place

Erongo, NA (Google, OSM)

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Adder Vipera berus

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ryanvanhuyssteen

Date

July 4, 2019 04:49 PM SAST

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Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

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amyjaecker-jones

Date

October 6, 2017 04:52 PM PDT

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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i_c_riddell

Date

July 10, 2019 02:34 PM CET

Description

c.5mm

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Southern Yellow-billed Duck Anas undulata ssp. undulata

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colin25

Date

July 16, 2019 10:06 AM SAST

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Black Crake Zapornia flavirostra

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colin25

Date

July 15, 2019 11:24 AM SAST

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Scarlet Sugarbush Protea effusa

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muonmo

Date

July 9, 2019 01:58 PM SAST

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Cape Lappet Eutricha capensis

Date

July 12, 2019 02:15 PM SAST

Description

Caterpillar moving away from the seaside vegetation. Seagulls on hand, do not seem to be attracted by the Caterpillar. It almost seemed to adopt a threatening pose for a bit, whether or not related to the Seagulls nearby, stationery for several minutes, then moved on again. It may have been walking away from the source of the wind, even although there was nothing but brick paving and road ahead, towards certain death, so I returned it to the vegetation.

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Pearl Emperor Butterfly Charaxes varanes ssp. varanes

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henrydelange

Date

June 29, 2019 12:17 PM SAST

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Stink Bugs, Shield Bugs, and Allies Superfamily Pentatomoidea

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colin25

Date

July 12, 2019 11:53 AM SAST

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Southern and Eastern African Caracal Caracal caracal ssp. caracal

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shauns

Date

July 10, 2019 12:22 PM SAST

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Higher Termites Family Termitidae

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wynand_uys

Date

February 10, 2012

Description

Circles in the desert


Circular, barren patches in grassland between about 3 and 16m in diameter. Comparing the size and shape of the circles in the 2nd pic, taken Feb 2012 with the Google Earth image of Dec 2010, I can see little, if any change (zoom in on the location map, the circles are visible).

There is uncertainty as to what causes these fairy circles. My instinct has always been that termites have something to do with it. The patterns, sizes and longevity of the circles remind me of the similar but less pronounced appearance of vegetation around termite mounds in bushveld when viewed from aloft. And, of course, "heuweltjies" in The Cape.

At the time these pics were taken, I found no plausible explanation for the circles. I'm pleased (or disappointed?) that some progress has been made towards explaining the mystery since then: According to the Wikipedia article, Eugene Moll weighed in with termites as the causative factor (sorry, no reference). In March 2013, Norbert Juergens proposed that the circles are formed and maintained specifically by sand termites, Psammotermes allocerus. Abstract HERE and a good review HERE.
Before you make up your own mind that "termites did it", read Angelique Joubert's (2008) M.Sc thesis on the topic. Well, at least read the abstract and conclusions. There could be much more at play here than just termites.

The latest explanation offered by Cramer and Barger(2013)provides strong evidence to suggest that fairy circles are an emergent phenomenon of Self-Organizing Spatial Vegetation Patterning. Though the authors admit that other organisms (including termites) may play an additional role, Cramer is critical of Juergens' view that termites are the causative agents. It appears that no-one has yet fumigated or otherwise killed the termites to see if the circle will close up in their absence. Still, such an experiment might not be conclusive, as the removal of any one agent in a
possibly complex interaction of fauna, flora fungi and bacteria (not to mention alien visitors, poison gas vents, radiation and magic)might lead to disruption of the system.

The circles in this location all had evidence of termite activity at their margins (5th pic). As can be seen in the first pic, the circle's influence on the surrounding vegetation reaches 10 meters or more into the matrix. Something not explained (with due respect) by the Cramer and Barger hypothesis. May the mystery linger on.

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qgrobler

Date

July 4, 2019 07:26 PM SAST

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Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus

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leejones

Date

June 12, 2016 05:32 PM SAST

Description

Just 'cos the lighting was so jolly, very pretty. A flamingo duet in gee major! Aloe arborescens (planted) reflecting in the still waters of the Kom.

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Bagworm Moths Family Psychidae

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janinegreen

Date

June 30, 2019 02:19 PM SAST

Description

Bag was from blue shale fragments

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mr_fab

Date

June 24, 2019 10:48 AM SAST

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johanlabuschagne

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December 12, 2018 10:22 PM SAST

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cloudyrza

Date

April 20, 2019 05:50 PM SAST

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Slug moth caterpillar on Kiggelaria

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suncana

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June 30, 2019 09:56 AM SAST

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Bushveld White-crest Helmetshrike Prionops plumatus ssp. talacoma

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carmelo_lopez

Date

October 23, 2018 02:19 PM HST

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dhobern

Date

June 5, 2019

Description

Osmylops sp., probably Osmylops sejunctus (Walker), larva extracted from Eucalyptus leaf litter, Aranda, ACT, 5 May 2019

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Red Giant Flying Squirrel Petaurista petaurista

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matthewkwan

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June 9, 2019 06:14 PM HKT

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scottolmstead

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June 11, 2019 04:00 AM EDT

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Grey-winged Francolin Scleroptila afra

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alexanderr

Date

December 16, 2015

Description

A Fowl Brood


The mother flew off as we approached.

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Red Thumb Cynomorium coccineum

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fragmansapir

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April 6, 2019 11:23 AM IDT

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Mountain White-Spot Mesocelis monticola

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magrietb

Date

October 15, 2015

Description

Kleinmond 13th Ave Orangefaces 2015, #2 reared and mated


15 October 2015:

I collected this caterpillar together with a number of others on empty plot in Kleinmond. This one is feeding on Erica serrata.

13 November 2015:

Caterpillar spun a tough cocoon amidst twigs of food plant.

5 December 2015:

Something banged against our *closed* office window and when I opened to see what it was a male moth of this species flew straight to #2's *closed* container. How is that for super amazing olfactory sensitivity? It spent about 15 minutes flapping frantically and chewing noisily (with what, I wonder?) at the cocoon until it gained entry, and then it remained inside for about 5 hours. When it was done it simply reappeared and flew back out through the window, leaving my female still mysteriously hidden in her stronghold.

5 June 2016:

The cocoon remained intact and in the same container, and I kept checking daily until almost 8 months later 5 babypillars appeared. For a few days they slowly increased in number to a total of about 30 (some died, unfortunately). I am feeding them on Passerina which is a known food plant and is easier to keep in fresh supply.

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Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis

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luisave

Date

May 31, 2019 05:53 PM CDT

Description

Un momento único y privilegiado de la vida salvaje; un registro histórico para nuestro País: Un Flamenco Americano (derecha) y un Flamenco Chileno (izquierda) juntos en estado salvaje, insertados en una de las ciudades con mayores índices de contaminación ambiental en México.

Un individuo errante que dará mucho de qué hablar...

¡PARQUE METROPOLITANO DE LEÓN, UN LUGAR PRIVILEGIADO PARA PAJAREAR, MÁS DE 140 ESPECIES DE AVES QUE PUEDES OBSERVAR!

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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anne_m

Date

June 12, 2019 09:00 PM SAST

Description

Moth which eclosed from a pupa in a sac-like structure covered in plant fibers. Host plant Combretum sp.

Pupa:
• In a 15 mm long sac-like structure covered in plant fibers. Attached to the ventral surface of a Combretum leaf.
• A uniform whitish red-brown color
• Approximately 11 mm in length

Adult:
• Length of moth from tip of head to end of wing approximately 11 mm.
• Wings had a bronzy sheen.
• When the moth was at rest, the wings were folded together in a near-vertical position resembling a small leaf. Abdomen curved upwards and protruded vertically through the wings.
• When the moth was walking, the wings were more flattened, and the abdomen was horizontal.
• Eyes initially black but later became green with a black center.

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flippie1971

Date

June 17, 2019 11:14 AM SAST

Description

Beautiful deep orange brown harvester ants found nesting in soil. They build interesting nests with elaborate tunnels that appear to go down quite deep. Once disturbed, the ants soon disappear into the depths of the nest tunnels. A major and minor photographed here.

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suncana

Date

June 15, 2019 07:50 PM SAST

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Thyreus Cuckoo Bees Genus Thyreus

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flippie1971

Date

June 15, 2019

Description

Thyreus bee sleeping in lavender.

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riana60

Date

November 8, 2015

Description

Mantispidae


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Cape Dassie Procavia capensis ssp. capensis

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wolfzwe

Date

January 2, 2019 10:10 AM SAST

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dejaym

Date

June 5, 2019 03:23 PM BST

Place

Orkney, UK (Google, OSM)

Description

Pylaiella littoralis is a brown 'cloud' epiphyte on Fucus seaweeds, I've seen it on F.serratus (its preferred host), F.vesiculosus and Ascophyllum nodosum but it may be found on others. Indeed it is often found apparently free-growing.
One needs a good glass (x10 is just OK) to ID this, as the spirally woven threads are almost unique to this. But to be certain Microscopy is needed.
See then, http://www.outerhebridesalgae.uk/marine/marine-species.php?id=40

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Twiglets Genus Tubaria

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colin25

Date

June 7, 2019 12:41 PM SAST

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qgrobler

Date

June 5, 2019 05:28 PM SAST

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Reared on Mimusops zeyheri

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Cape Fox Vulpes chama

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aidanm

Date

January 23, 2017

Description

P057-366-256-356-1e053

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Cellophane Bees Genus Colletes

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sallyslak

Date

February 22, 2016

Description

Bee sleepover


I often find these bees sleeping in flowers or empty seed pods but I hadn't seen them in a group before.

16 March: These guys are still sleeping on the same leaves of the same sapling whenever I pass in the late afternoon. Added new photo evidence.

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suncana

Date

May 19, 2019 11:01 AM SAST

Description

CRG 250

Food plant: Pavetta sp.

Moth: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/27929487

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Speckled Mousebird [Striatus] Colius striatus ssp. striatus

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gawie

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May 14, 2019 07:55 AM SAST

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Karoo Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas coryphoeus

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gawie

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May 16, 2019 07:43 AM SAST

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Blue Bustard Eupodotis caerulescens

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gawie

Date

May 11, 2019 08:59 AM SAST

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Mutable Sun Squirrel Heliosciurus mutabilis

Date

March 23, 2019 08:29 AM CET

Description

we heard a strange screeching noise and followed it to this sun squirrel that was attacking something. It stopped with the noises but as we were taking pictures we realised it was eating a frog. I couldnt get a front shot but my husband might have so will try to upload these later. These are mine and you can see the frogs legs clearly in and out of frame
Prey obs interaction link:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/26208215

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Brown Sugar Ant Camponotus bertolonii

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flippie1971

Date

June 2, 2019 10:16 AM SAST

Description

Major of C bertolonii. Nesting in rotten wood. For comparison with C dicksonii. I think the eye of C bertolonii is comparatively smaller and the head and alitrunk are broader and more robust but otherwise they look pretty similar.

Edit1: I have added a face to face collage of the 2 ant majors in question: C dicksonii (L) and C bertolonii (R)

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Jackal Buzzard Buteo rufofuscus

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christo9

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June 1, 2019 11:10 AM SAST

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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henrydelange

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May 1, 2019 12:44 PM SAST

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colin25

Date

March 23, 2016

Description

Abundant young Reeds


Just so many!

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Trumpeter Hornbill Bycanistes bucinator

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bushboy

Date

May 22, 2019 05:24 PM SAST

Description

Awww ...


After 2 months rehab Beaky's still not quite right. She does rule the roost though.
See younger version: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21482109

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Ants, Bees, Wasps, and Sawflies Order Hymenoptera

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alandmanson

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May 12, 2019 11:47 AM CET

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Woodland Dormouse Graphiurus murinus

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May 19, 2019 09:11 AM SAST

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mathiasdhaen

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May 20, 2019 08:13 AM CAT

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suncana

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May 17, 2019 08:52 PM SAST

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Clearwing Moths Family Sesiidae

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February 11, 2019 02:11 PM SAST

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alettmarie

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May 11, 2019 12:33 PM SAST

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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rguinness

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May 12, 2019 03:47 PM SAST

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Cape White-Eye Zosterops virens

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ronelb

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January 4, 2019 04:16 PM SAST

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Taiwan Owl Moth Brahmaea wallichii ssp. insulata

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yudai

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May 11, 2019 01:25 PM AWST

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Aardvark Orycteropus afer

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flo_rent

Date

August 8, 2018 12:29 PM HST

Description

Walk away after drinking in a concrete reservoir in the middle of the day!

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European Roller Coracias garrulus

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olicannes

Date

July 14, 2007 10:24 AM SAST

Description

Pour la beauté

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Spix's Disk-winged Bat Thyroptera tricolor

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birdernaturalist

Date

April 26, 2019 10:13 AM MST

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For years, since I first read of disk-winged bats, I've been peering into unfurled leaves of heliconias and prayer plants in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil. Today I finally scored – Thyroptera tricolor, Spix's Disk-winged Bat! The five species of this genus have tiny suction cups by their thumbs and heels to cling to the inside of these leaves, where they live during the day.

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davidnapa

Date

April 18, 2019 03:38 PM -05

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Slug Caterpillar Moths Family Limacodidae

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tjeerddw

Date

December 18, 2013 10:24 AM CET

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Sphinx Moths Family Sphingidae

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cosipop

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April 18, 2019 10:54 AM SAST

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Morgan's Sphinx Xanthopan morganii

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suncana

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May 9, 2019 07:51 PM SAST

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qgrobler

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April 29, 2019 07:16 PM SAST

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Pyralid Snout Moths Family Pyralidae

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botswanabugs

Date

May 1, 2019

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at uv

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qgrobler

Date

May 5, 2019 10:12 AM SAST

Description

Found on Dalechampia capensis.

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suncana

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May 4, 2019 03:43 PM SAST

Description

CRG 215

Food plant: Green Mamba Vine

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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jaheymans

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May 4, 2019 07:54 PM SAST

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April 11, 2019 02:18 PM SAST

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South African Ground Squirrel Geosciurus inauris

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eltonleroux

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July 24, 2008 09:34 AM SAST

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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suncana

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May 8, 2019 04:37 PM SAST

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Cutworm Moths and Allies Family Noctuidae

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bushboy

Date

May 5, 2019 11:56 AM SAST

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Barleria loopy


c. 40mm fellow on Barleria obtusa, shown here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24650198

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Cape Terrapin Pelomedusa galeata

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colin25

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May 2, 2019 08:54 AM SAST

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bushboy

Date

May 1, 2019 12:46 PM SAST

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Wall wisp


Photos kind courtesy of Nicky Strathern

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Winged and Once-winged Insects Subclass Pterygota

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debtherat

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April 27, 2019 11:51 AM SAST

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cooperj

Date

April 27, 2019

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on a decaying cupule in swamp. A typical aero-aquatic bubble-trapping fungus.

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Cape Klipspringer Oreotragus oreotragus ssp. oreotragus

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aidanbennetts

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April 26, 2019 05:26 PM SAST

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botswanabugs

Date

March 6, 2019

Description

Four found on Morula tree trunk. About 4-5 cm https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/23065598 I tried to rear one on Morula leaves but it died after a few days. I was painting my house and perhaps paint fume knocked it out. They nearly knocked me out. I could not find pupae on tree.