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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
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.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Rainforest Brown (Cassionympha cassius)

Family Nymphalidae Satyrinae
A medium size butterfly with a wingspan of about 35mm. Found along the eastern regions of Kruger National Park and along the coast down to the Cape. They can be seen in forests, flatlands and mountains.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Whitebrowed Sparrowweaver

Found in all areas except the very arid regions in the southwest and the moister regions of the northeast.

Each nest has two entrances and found on the west side of trees.
A very social bird made up of different groups together at nesting sites.

Forage on the ground for insects and seeds.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Down and out Zebra

Poor Zebra!! LOL!! He looks so down and out with his ears flattened like that. Like a hobo no one loves and who feels sorry for himself. :) 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Arrow Sphinx Moth (Lophostethus dumolinii)

Family Sphingidae  
A very large moth with a wingspan of 140mm and an unmistakable arrow mark on its wing.
Found in the northern regions and along the east coast as far down as KwaZulu Natal.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Giraffe – bad hair day

While in Lower Sabie, KNP, I came across this young giraffe and had to laugh at his hairstyle. LOL!!
 It looks like he forgot to comb it or is going for that punk-rocker look.
 Compared to his friends, he really stands out amongst the crowd. :D

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Elephant skeleton – Interesting facts

Addo Elephant National Park has a wonderful exhibition of an elephant skeleton on the wall of the Interpretive Centre. Please enlarge the photographs by clicking on them to read and learn more about this gentle giant. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Gold-banded Forester (Euphaedra neophron)

Family Nymphalidae Limenitinae

Found in a small band of forest along the northern coast of KwaZulu Natal.
Medium sized – about 5-6mm wingspan.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Serrated Hinged Terrapin (Pelusios sinuatus)

Family Pelomedusidae
Females lay up to 25 eggs in one brood.
If disturbed or threatened, they secrete a foul smell.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Golden-tailed Woodpecker - male

Not seen in Gauteng, Karoo, south and western Cape.
Preferred habitat is forests and thick woodlands and bushveld.

Mainly eat ants and their larva besides other insects.
Info: Robert’s Birds of Southern Africa