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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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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mourning Dove

Family Columbiformes Columbidae
These doves are so common here that we tend to overlook them most of the time.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Western Rock Skink (Trachylepis sulcata)

Family Scincidae  
 Found at Augrabies Falls in the arid region of the Northern Cape.
 They are about 25cm in length.
 Females will dig in the soil to lay their eggs.
These lizards are very variable in colour 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Grass Jewel Blue (Chilades trochylus)

Family Lycaenidae Lycaeninae
During a visit to Kgalagadi in March, there were thousands of these butterflies on the roads.

Amongst them were also Common Sandman, Spialia diomus ferax

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Caracal (Felis caracal)

They are a nocturnal species and seldom seen except on night drives.
Like most cats, they are good climbers.
When seen, it is usually only one as they are a solitary species. If you are lucky enough, you might see a female with her young.

 Caracals are found throughout South Africa in all kind of habitats except forest regions

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hyaena trap

The Karoo National Park region is an area where there are a lot of sheep farms.
Many years ago when there were still many hyaenas roaming free, the farmers would catch them in these traps as they would kill and eat their sheep.
It was build of stones and had a large enough entrance. Farmer would put some meat at the back of it to entice the animals in, then when they moves the bait, it would trigger a door behind then to shut down. On the other side was a small opening in the stones and through this, people could then kill the hyaena.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cape Batis

The Cape Batis is a small bird and flitter around so quickly, it is difficult to get a good shot of them.
Not only that, but as always I had my macro lens on which is defintely not ideal for taking bird picture. :)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Zebra Agate Snail (Achatina zebra)

Family Achatinidae
These are amongst our very larges snails, with a shell length of about 8cm.
They are found in the drier regions of the Eastern Cape.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Three leopards near Satara

Leopards are solitary ceatures.
Very rarely a mating pair will be seen or a mother and cub so when someone tells me they saw three or five together, I know they are probably speaking about cheetah.
One day near Satara Camp in Kruger National Park, I saw a leopard walking a distance away and waited for it to get into a clearing. To my surprise, I saw more movement in the grass and a cub of about two years old appeared too.
Then came the shock - a THIRD leopard appeared!! I have never in all my years seen something like this and was astounded.
After a short get together, the male walk away in a different direction to the female and cub and went to lay in the grass while the pair continued on. They were soon on the road right next to me and I was able to get some great shots of them. I can only surmise that the cub was at an age where the female would be chasing him away and that she was coming into heat again, hence the presence of the male.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Brownveined White (Belenois aurota)

Family Pieridae Pierinae
A medium size butterfly that migrates northwards at the end of December or the begining of January when thousands of them can be seen,

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Southern Rock Agama (Agama atra) male

Family Agamidae
 They are found in the arid regions and about 25cm in length. During breeding season the males have a white stripe down their backs.