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Observer

bushboy

Date

November 4, 2018 10:39 AM SAST

Description

Back-light beekles 3


c. 8 mm left-side fellow

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What

Celtis Leaf Beetles Genus Megaleruca

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 4, 2018 10:37 AM SAST

Description

Back-light beekles 2


c. 11 mm right-hand fellow who doesn't do thanatosis

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What

Leaf Beetles Family Chrysomelidae

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 4, 2018 10:37 AM SAST

Description

Back-light beekles 1


7mm middle fellow

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What

Rougeplant Rivina humilis

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 4, 2018 10:31 AM SAST

Description

Sneaky pretty awfuls
Persistent alien invasive needs constant garden vigilance. Local birds love the fruit.

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What

Red-lipped Snake Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 14, 2018 08:45 AM SAST

Description

Never stops


Fine breeding adult. Already on road-verge. Flicked up there or is someone getting the message about protecting scavenging creatures?

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What

Non-biting Midges Family Chironomidae

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 13, 2018 09:04 AM SAST

Description

Mae West


Drowned with beetle in trough, first to be eaten by ants

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What

Gold-haired Sugar Ant Camponotus auropubens

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 13, 2018 09:03 AM SAST

Description

Dis-junc-tiv-ants


See the beetle: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/18371760

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What

Disjunct Longhorn Beetle Megopis modesta ssp. modesta

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 13, 2018 09:03 AM SAST

Description

About to be Disassembled longhorn


Drowned in trough overnight

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What

African Hoopoe Upupa epops ssp. africana

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 13, 2018 08:53 AM SAST

Description

If the crest flares, he's gonna take off

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Square

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 13, 2018 07:45 AM SAST

Description

Who dunnit?


Quite dead Mongoose draped in tree-fork, low (head-height), in dense forest.

Stashed by Crowned Eagle? A youngster was seen in the general area during Mary's walk, on a small Rock Dassie (no pics, sadly). Low placement might be consistent with inexperienced hunter.

Photo kind courtesy of Mary McKenzie

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What

Picture-winged Flies Family Ulidiidae

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 12, 2018 07:54 AM SAST

Description

The 2 larger flies


Strange telescopic abdomen like a Ropalidia wasp. Huge flexible proboscis like an Electrolux!

See the monkey dung here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/18364535

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What

Vinegar and Fruit Flies Family Drosophilidae

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 12, 2018 07:54 AM SAST

Description

Fly feeding frenzy


There seem to be 2 distinct species of small flies here, feeding in rough ranks.

See the monkey dung here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/18364535

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What

Southern Vervet Chlorocebus pygerythrus ssp. pygerythrus

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 12, 2018 07:54 AM SAST

Description

The monks do more than drop fruit for the Blue Duiker


Fresh Monkey poop on backyard bushbench, and hungry fans.

See the small flies: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/18364998

See the larger flies: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/18365621

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What

Typical Cicadas Family Cicadidae

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 12, 2018 07:53 AM SAST

Description

Superb camo


Last pic. Interesting that they never use that formidable bark-piercing proboscis as a weapon against human fingers. Seems they'd rather struggle strongly for a bit then play dead.

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Observer

bushboy

Date

November 10, 2018 02:42 PM SAST

Description

Good to see the resident Red-bills leaving space for some Africans too

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What

Greater Cane Rat Thryonomys swinderianus

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 10, 2018 11:46 AM SAST

Description

Head of prey


Father Eagle appears to be holding the head of something, having just delivered food to his mate and new chick in their nest some 50m away.

See the Eagles: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/18345873

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What

Crowned Eagle Stephanoaetus coronatus

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 10, 2018 11:46 AM SAST

Description

Yer lost yer chick Mama? And yer hubby's lost his crown!


There's a precious 2-day old chick in that nest somewhere.
Huge female on nest. Her mate on his lookout tree about 50m away, having just delivered food for her and their chick, hidden somewhere below the lip of the nest.

See the prey: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/18346275

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What

Spotted Bush Snake Philothamnus semivariegatus

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 10, 2018 11:41 AM SAST

Place

Nkomba NR (Google, OSM)

Description

Another quietly basking bushie

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Square

What

Green Milkweed Locust Phymateus viridipes

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 10, 2018 11:24 AM SAST

Place

Nkomba NR (Google, OSM)

Description

Amazing habitat tolerance

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What

Eastern Hamerkop Scopus umbretta ssp. umbretta

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 10, 2018 10:52 AM SAST

Place

Nkomba NR (Google, OSM)

Description

Tegwaans

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What

Horse and Deer Flies Family Tabanidae

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 10, 2018 10:51 AM SAST

Place

Nkomba NR (Google, OSM)

Description

Turn around - but don't bite!

Photos / Sounds

What

Common Mother-of-Pearl Protogoniomorpha parhassus

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 10, 2018 10:49 AM SAST

Place

Nkomba NR (Google, OSM)

Description

Fly high fly low, settle at will

Photos / Sounds

What

Wall Crab Spiders Family Selenopidae

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 10, 2018 08:32 AM SAST

Place

Nkomba NR (Google, OSM)

Description

Found the only wall in the forest


On concrete pump-station beside the river

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Square

What

South African Yellow Weaver Ploceus subaureus ssp. subaureus

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 10, 2018 07:50 AM SAST

Place

Nkomba NR (Google, OSM)

Description

Weavin' 'n fightin'

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Square

What

True Spittlebugs Family Aphrophoridae

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 10, 2018 07:44 AM SAST

Place

Nkomba NR (Google, OSM)

Description

Mind you don't drown


Heard Greater Leaf-folding Frog call, peered around in vain. This fella came floating by on a leaf - aargh!

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What

Eastern Thick-billed Weaver Amblyospiza albifrons ssp. woltersi

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 10, 2018 07:39 AM SAST

Place

Nkomba NR (Google, OSM)

Description

Sneaky girl

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Observer

bushboy

Date

November 10, 2018 10:30 AM SAST

Place

Nkomba NR (Google, OSM)

Description

Sisters in support


Seeing what all the fuss was about.

See the Flycatcher: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/18323602

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What

Coastal Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone viridis ssp. granti

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 10, 2018 10:30 AM SAST

Place

Nkomba NR (Google, OSM)

Description

Ooo - such language! And from a pretty little lady nogal


Irate, brave little creature, presumably defending her nest. Never spotted it, but didn't have the heart to linger and stress her further.

See the Sunbird: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/18323692

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Square

What

Flag Mantis Polyspilota aeruginosa

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 10, 2018 10:03 AM SAST

Place

Nkomba NR (Google, OSM)

Description

Timid boy


Unlike their big fierce females, he flew off when offered a lateral shot

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What

Blue-striped Planthopper Poecilocarda cosmopolita

Observer

bushboy

Date

November 10, 2018 09:49 AM SAST

Place

Nkomba NR (Google, OSM)

Description

Never before seen a flash of red hindwing

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