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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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Food plant: White Stinkwood

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Clearwing Moths Family Sesiidae

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robert_taylor

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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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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

Description

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 Moth Xanthopan morganii

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suncana

Date

May 9, 2019 07:51 PM SAST

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qgrobler

Date

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

Description

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

Date

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

Date

May 4, 2019 07:54 PM SAST

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steveball

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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

Date

July 24, 2008 09:34 AM SAST

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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suncana

Date

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

Description

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

Date

May 2, 2019 08:54 AM SAST

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bushboy

Date

May 1, 2019 12:46 PM SAST

Description

Wall wisp


Photos kind courtesy of Nicky Strathern

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Winged and Once-winged Insects Subclass Pterygota

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debtherat

Date

April 27, 2019 11:51 AM SAST

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cooperj

Date

April 27, 2019

Description

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

Date

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.

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African Marbled Skipper Gomalia elma ssp. elma

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henrydelange

Date

April 17, 2019 12:56 PM SAST

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dhobern

Date

April 14, 2019 08:04 PM AEST

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Emerald Moths Subfamily Geometrinae

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rguinness

Date

May 25, 2015 12:04 PM SAST

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richardadcock

Date

October 13, 2013

Description

ispot tt1


tiny beetle - about 6mm.

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Horned Softscales Genus Aspidoproctus

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wynand_uys

Date

November 13, 2012

Description

Scale: Thorn mimic.


Adult female has a hardened, thorn shaped test. Up to 17mm tall. Footprint radius 10mm. Crawlers about 0.8mm. Found on Acacia schweinfurthii. Tended to by ants, probably Pheidole (Correction: They are Lepisiota. Thanks, Peter Slingsby) The ants stimulate the scale and she produces a drop of honeydew through a long tube. Ants collect the drops much like like picking a berry, then move off to imbibe it. Crawlers are now emerging from the dead and dried test, presumably having overwintered as eggs? Crawlers (1st instars?) ar quite mobile, but are also distributed nt the ants. Second instars appear to be sessile and have started secreting a test and are already producing honeydew.

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Kersten's Sprite Pseudagrion kersteni

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leejones

Date

December 16, 2012

Description

blue damselfly


blue damselfly, body length around 40mm. pictured with a dragonfly in a separate observation here

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jaheymans

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March 24, 2019 07:32 PM SAST

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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judygva

Date

May 28, 2018 05:34 AM EDT

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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tjeerddw

Date

March 7, 2019 03:28 PM CET

Description

size about 20mm

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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antshrike69

Date

March 14, 2019 08:49 PM GMT

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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robert_taylor

Date

March 1, 2019 08:21 PM SAST

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Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths Superfamily Pyraloidea

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robert_taylor

Date

December 10, 2018 10:46 PM SAST

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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robert_taylor

Date

December 10, 2018 10:47 PM SAST

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robert_taylor

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December 10, 2018 10:48 PM SAST

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robert_taylor

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December 17, 2018 09:21 PM SAST

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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judygva

Date

May 28, 2018 08:42 AM EDT

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Ludwig's Bustard Neotis ludwigii

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martin_weigand

Date

March 21, 2019 11:49 AM HST

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magrietb

Date

January 13, 2019 09:55 AM SAST

Description

Lourensford sweety worm reared

13 January 2019:

I was very pleased to spot this never-before-reared jellybaby of a caterpillar in spite of its quite effective camouflage - I often struggle to find it now in its tub. It is eating very well and can move surprisingly fast when I softely prod it with my little caterpillar-brush. Gathering more food plant might be a small challenge, but we'll see what I can rustle up on our local slopes this afternoon.

20 January 2019:

The caterpillar cocooned between a few leaves of its food plant. When I later tried to sneak a peek it turned out that the cocoon was far too tough for my rusty old blade and I soon gave up and left it in peace.

5 February 2019:

A beautiful, tiny moth emerged. It is my favourite moth so far.

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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nicovr

Date

September 30, 2018 11:28 AM CET

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Small Black Sugar Ant Lepisiota capensis

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flippie1971

Date

March 15, 2019 04:56 PM SAST

Description

Lepisiota capenis trading in ant parts! L capensis have taken over my back garden which was previously ruled by Argentines. Whether these images represent part of a major cleaning up operation or the spoils of war I am unsure:)

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Black Cocktail Ant Crematogaster peringueyi

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magrietb

Date

March 2, 2019 10:54 AM SAST

Description

I'm guessing that these guys are cleaning out and revamping a nest that was damaged by the fire 2 months ago. Lots and lots of dead bodies!

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magrietb

Date

November 30, 2018 04:13 PM SAST

Description

Cederbergdaisy worm reared

29 November 2018:

Collected flower-burrowing caterpillar on a daisy from the Cederberg that is growing in my garden. Please see host plant interaction for more on this mysterious daisy.

4 December 2018:

The caterpillar started working on a cocoon in one of his chewed-out food plant flowers. I don't know when it pupated.

14 December 2018:

Plume moth emerged.

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Fruit Flies Family Tephritidae

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Date

March 2, 2019 10:29 AM SAST

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bushboy

Date

March 7, 2019 04:25 PM SAST

Description

Passop the roaches, boet

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Red-lipped Snake Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia

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bushboy

Date

March 7, 2019 10:29 PM SAST

Description

Dragon tree viper


Ah, not our baby Treefrogs, fella ...
About half a metre up a Draceana - probably smelled the juvie Treefrog resting near the top (last pic)

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lacrespa

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March 2, 2019 10:54 AM -05

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February 23, 2019 12:05 PM SAST

Description

About 22 mm head to tip.

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Asian Frogmouths Genus Batrachostomus

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jann_borneo

Date

August 12, 2017 02:24 PM AWST

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Southern Elephant Seal Mirounga leonina

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muonmo

Date

February 10, 2019 05:29 PM SAST

Description

Buffel on Fish Hoek Beach


Buffel was first tagged (#16577) by Steve Kirkman at Buffel's Bay near Cape Point in November 2014. (https://bit.ly/2XcIETs)

Estimated to be about 3 at the time (so now around 7 or 8), he's been a regular visitor since then, having come ashore at Scarborough, Olifantsbos, Hermanus, Paternoster and now Fish Hoek, where he's settled in for his annual 'catastrophic moult'. It's perhaps not been his best choice of location, as it has not been a peaceful time for him!

At Duiker Island he was observed cuddling Cape Fur Seal pups to death in misplaced sexual advances! (https://www.animalocean.co.za/2018/11/southern-elephant-seal-tag-number-16577/) And apparently he thinks we are just big penguins.

Everybody just loves Buffel!

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Ribbon Eel Rhinomuraena quaesita

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nevillea

Date

June 14, 2006

Description

Ribbon Eel


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Danaid Eggfly Hypolimnas misippus

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stuartshearer

Date

February 15, 2013

Description

Common Diadem


But no dark spots on top of wings....

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simonvannoort

Date

October 14, 2018 12:37 PM SAST

Description

Warrior Silver-spotted Copper described by Roland Trimen 145 years ago in 1873, and yet we still do not know the larval food-plant or developmental life history of this species! The caterpillars are likely to be myrmecophilous (ant loving), spending at least some of their life cycle in association with ants.

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simonvannoort

Date

October 14, 2018 12:40 PM SAST

Description

A freshly emerged female of the King Copper,
Tylopaedia sardonyx sardonyx, imbibing nectar from Mesem flowers in Namaqualand.

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simonvannoort

Date

January 31, 2019 06:21 AM SAST

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Namaqua Chameleon Chamaeleo namaquensis

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simonvannoort

Date

October 12, 2018 01:19 PM SAST

Description

Always a privilege to find the Namaqua chameleon, a large, mostly terrestrial species. Spending much of its time wandering across the ground, this chameleon is rarely observed in bushes. Chamaeleo namaquensis is restricted to the western, more arid areas of Southern Africa. Easily recognizable by the large dorsal spines.

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Smoky Spreadwing Lestes virgatus

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colin25

Date

January 13, 2015

Description

Smoky Spreadwing


Particularly smoky wings. Common this season, previously seldom seen here.

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robert_taylor

Date

November 23, 2015

Description

Spittle


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suncana

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February 7, 2019 08:11 PM SAST

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Spotted Bush Snake Philothamnus semivariegatus

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wesseluys

Date

September 21, 2017

Description

Yellow spotted bush snake


Like the colour of the birds in Namibia differs, this is not a green snake

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Pluvia

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peterslingsby

Date

June 2, 2015 07:19 AM SAST

Description

RAIN BULL

First rain in the Tankwa since 2014?
This obs spawned a largely irrelevant debate over whether Pluvia or Ignis were part of Nature and which was the most important for life. I could not find any good reason to include the inconclusive debate here, as most of it was actually about the endless problems we were having with iSpot at the time..

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Trimen's False Tiger Agoma trimenii

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ricky_taylor

Date

January 31, 2015

Description

Brown and cream moth


Attracted to light

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Black Crake Zapornia flavirostra

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colin25

Date

September 17, 2017

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GRBG (Google, OSM)

Description

Crake friends


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magdastlucia

Date

September 12, 2017

Place

St Lucia (Google, OSM)

Description

Green Tortoise Beetle, the final chapter


19 tiny black larvae observed on 12 September 2017.Observed a tiny, freshly emerged black larva with light tail early on 13 September.The tail color changed to black in a few minutes and the larva started to move around.Another 2 oothecae was deposited du

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Black Crake Zapornia flavirostra

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wesseluys

Date

August 15, 2016

Description

rk het n kat gesien ,my stert is geel


Deur n kat bekruip en nou flash ek vir hom geel

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alanhorstmann

Date

February 5, 2019 03:11 PM SAST

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georgewilson

Date

January 30, 2019 08:45 AM CET

Description

Moth

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georgewilson

Date

February 3, 2019 02:31 PM CET

Description

Lappet moth ?

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laurent_h

Date

January 31, 2019 01:11 PM -05

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Emeraldine Ceroctena amynta

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January 29, 2019 09:19 PM -05

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nicky

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February 1, 2019 03:37 PM SAST

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dhobern

Date

January 6, 2019 05:52 PM CET

Description

Pollanisus sp., to LepiLED and actinic light, Orroral Campground, Namadgi National Park, ACT, Australia, 6 January 2019

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Transvaal Klipspringer Oreotragus oreotragus ssp. transvaalensis

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tjeerddw

Date

November 8, 2016 11:05 AM CET

Description

rooivlerkspreeu/red-winged starling/onychognathus morio on Klipspringer [Oreotragus oreotragus]

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Southern African Emerald Cuckoo Chrysococcyx cupreus ssp. sharpei

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halfmens

Date

January 16, 2019 09:55 AM SAST

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Thornton's Ladybeetle Spider Paraplectana thorntoni

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alexanderr

Date

April 1, 2016

Description

ladybug spider


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happyasacupcake

Date

January 25, 2019 11:39 AM SAST

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riana60

Date

October 4, 2015

Description

Pictorial key to Bostrychoplites cornutus


Key compiled according to Vrydagh, 1959, Goodyear 2008 (in PaDIL), & Lesne 1898. Any inaccuracy or mistake is purely my own

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Longnose Filefish Oxymonacanthus longirostris

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nevillea

Date

June 14, 2006

Description

file harlequin


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Cape Dassie Procavia capensis ssp. capensis

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sandraf

Date

April 22, 2014 02:22 PM SAST

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Green Lacewings Family Chrysopidae

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karoopixie

Date

December 10, 2015 06:33 AM SAST

Description

Exquisite rainbow lacewing

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qgrobler

Date

January 20, 2019 07:26 AM SAST

Description

On cultivated Mimusops zeyheri.
Also took Sideroxylon inerme

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Yellowjack Notogomphus praetorius

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Date

January 16, 2019 12:47 PM SAST

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Black-tailed Bluet Azuragrion nigridorsum

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bushboy

Date

January 17, 2019 10:05 AM SAST

Description

Little blue fella, bottom

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magdastlucia

Date

January 16, 2019 05:50 PM SAST

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Unbanded Mulvia Mulvia lugens

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wynand_uys

Date

March 21, 2013

Description

Mothbug


Wingspan about 8mm.

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Twobanded Mulvia Mulvia albizona

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wynand_uys

Date

March 27, 2014

Description

Moth bugs


Wingspan about 7mm.
On Panicum grass

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magrietb

Date

October 15, 2015

Description

Kleinmond fat tussock to grub-like female and eeeep! A male visitor!


15 Oct 2015:

Collected a rather fat little tussock larva on Erica serrata. This one had a red head, blueish body with red feet and red warning lights on the back (what are those, did anyone ever find a good answer?) (4 caterpillar photos are from the next day)

18 Oct 2015:

Caterpillar started spinning a cocoon in its tub (caterpillar in cocoon photo is from the next day)

22 Oct 2015:

I've noticed that the pupa seemed unusually fat, and when I checked it was clear that this creature has already metamorphosed into a grub-like female adult, only four days after starting its cocoon! I'm not even sure that it ever went through a pupal faze, could it be? (adult female photo is from the next day)

24 Oct 2015:

This morning there were two eggs in the cocoon with my fat little female, so I took her out to take photos. She had been safely closed up until now, but it often happens that freshly emerged female moths start laying unfertilised eggs without being visited by a male. While I was busy I noticed a sudden frantic orange flutter on the stoep around us, and the next minute there was a male moth in my female's tub. He had no trouble finding her and very quickly bit a hole through her cocoon, crawled in, spent a few seconds quietly by her side and then chewed his way out again. By the timestamps on my photos I can tell that the whole visit lasted all of six minutes, of which just about half had both moths inside the cocoon. Talk about wham bam thank you mam! I brought the female back into my office and left her uncovered by an open window next to me, but there were no further signs of any visitors. (gif image and photos of attending male, note one previously laid egg visible at the bottom of the cocoon)

25 Oct 2015:

More eggs. She has been writhing about in her cocoon, and has by now shrunk to about half her original adult size. I will keep the eggs to see if our little guy managed to get a few fertilised. (photo of female with eggs in cocoon)

3 Nov 2015:

The eggs hatched! This morning the cocoon was still intact and filled with hatchlings, by evening they had started to chew through and I was able to take a few pictures of their tiny, hairy bodies. I'm curious to find out how much of their original home they will consume - they don't yet show any interest in the fresh food plant I've supplied.

5 Nov 2015:

The hatchlings have broken free of the cocoon, which ended up in their tummies, mostly. I think the orange thing that was left behind is their mother's final exuviae from before she pupated; everything else is gone. 0_0 They have been marching upwards ever since, still not terribly interested in their food plant. I can see how wind dispersal would work for them. They weigh almost nothing and the long hairs make them fly off on the tiniest breath, and there appear to be millions so chances are that some will land on an appropriate plant if a breeze takes them. Opening the lid of their new tub is like facing a zombie attack! They keep slowly marching up the sides and along the rim, and it's a struggle to get them all off on all sides so I can close the lid without squashing any.

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sandraf

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March 29, 2007 02:45 PM SAST

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christeen

Date

November 4, 2018 11:48 AM SAST

Description

A small graceful Asclepiadoideae, first rediscovered at Impendle Nature Reserve in 2007 by a CREW group headed by Isabel Johnson, I was part of the group. This is another population of ±20 plants on a grassy hillside in a different part of the Reserve. Ansell Matcher, Sharron Berruti and Christa Gadd were with me.

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christeen

Date

November 4, 2018 02:09 PM SAST

Description

An interesting Asclepiadoideae, growing low on the ground in a ball shape, the flowers all open together, deep velvet maroon with fine cream lattice lobes. It had a very pungent odour. Another plant had unopened buds. Growing on a grassy hillside. Ansel Matcher, Sharron Berruti and Christa Gadd were with me.

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Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths Superfamily Pyraloidea

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colin25

Date

January 14, 2019 09:36 AM SAST