For the identification of insects and other fauna and flora of South Africa.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Odds and ends - 2

Odd things photographed around the garden.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Prong-tailed Weevil (Bronchus furvus) Family Curculionidae

We have Weevils (family Curculionidea) of all sizes and colors here. This one is of the larger species being almost 2 inches in body length.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Amarilla - life cycle

The Amarilla is grown from a bulb and are summer flowering. They grow very well in pots for people who do not have gardens. When a flower dies off, cut the stem off just above the ground. In winter, take the bulb out and preserve is in a cool, dry place, packed in wood shavings. About 2/3 months before spring, take it out and begin to water it again.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pygmy Emperor Moth (Rohaniella pygmaea) Saturniidae

Is this not the most beautiful moth you have ever seen???? It is large, 4-5 inches in width. They are nocturnal and only live for 3-5 days. The males have this comb-like antennae.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Speckled Ermine Moth (Ethmia circumdatella) Ethmiidae

 Small, about 1/2 an inch in length and unfortunately, not much is known about them.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Fluffball Chafer (xeloma tomentosa) Scarabaeidae

Also called Gold-haired Fruit Chafer  This is a small beetle being only about a half inch in body length. The adults feed on flowers.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I came across this unusual stack of cicadas and wondered what they were up to? Maybe it was just because of the coolish evening which had passed. LOL!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Special occasions

I don't think there is a person on this planet who does not have a special flower. On special occasions, what more could anyone want?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

CMR Bean Beetle (Mylabris oculata) Meloidae

These belong to the same family as blister beetles and are the bane of anyone who has a lovely garden. They eat every flower your have plus cotton, beans and citrus crops.
They are just over an inch in body length. The larvae however, regulate the numbers of grasshopper by parasitizing their egg pods.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


It is the first we have had since March/April!!

I thought this drought would NEVER end!! What a blessing!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

You can't see me....


This first one reminds me of John Cena on WWW ..... "You can't see me". LOL!!
When the figs are ripe you do not get the chance to pick any as they are covered in bees.
Common Fig is widely grown for its edible fruit throughout its natural range in Iran and also in the rest of the Mediterranean region and other areas of the world with a similar climate.
It has been an important food crop for thousands of years, and was also thought to be highly beneficial in the diet. The edible fig is one of the first plants that were cultivated by humans
Nine subfossil figs of a parthenocarpic type dating to about 9400–9200 BC were found in the early Neolithic village Gilgal I (in the Jordan Valley, 13 km north of Jericho). The find predates the domestication of wheat, barley and legumes, and may thus be the first known instance of agriculture.
Figs can be eaten fresh or dried, and used in jam-making. Most commercial production is in dried or otherwise processed forms, since the ripe fruit does not transport well, and once picked does not keep well. In Bengal, the fruit is called Dumur. It is cooked as a vegetable and is believed to be good for heart ailments.
Figs are one of the highest plant sources of calcium and fiber. According to USDA data for the Mission variety, dried figs are richest in fiber, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and vitamin K, relative to human needs. They have smaller amounts of many other nutrients. Figs have a laxative effect and contain many antioxidants.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008