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Goliath Heron Ardea goliath

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tjeerddw

Date

October 22, 2018 10:04 AM CET

Description

goliath heron/ardea goliath

Nice catch but too much to swallow....

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Cape Cobra Naja nivea

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karoopixie

Date

November 16, 2015 05:16 PM SAST

Description

Cobra dinged by Fiscal. Cobra had had a bit of a rough day, and was trying to get to cover to avoid further harasment.

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Chalcidid Wasps Family Chalcididae

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karooboy

Date

December 5, 2018 04:00 PM SAST

Description

7mm long

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Southern Ostrich Struthio camelus ssp. australis

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quiteaquail

Date

November 10, 2018

Description

we counted 13 babies

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African Mud Turtles Family Pelomedusidae

Date

August 24, 2017 04:20 PM SAST

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Windscorpions Order Solifugae

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vynbos

Date

December 2, 2018 12:14 PM SAST

Description

Roman Passion

Length approx. 25mm
Started filming a few seconds in, so whole encounter took approx 90seconds. Full video here: https://youtu.be/UOZ53L8qk0A

I saw the male circling the female, then suddenly dart in behind her. He held her in his jaws, her abdomen bend up and over her head. They continued back and forth for 90seconds, at times it became frenetic and he whacked her up and down on the sand a number of times (as in GIF), which made me think perhaps they weren't mating but that one solifuge was killing the other. But in the end they separated unharmed.

From Wikipedia:
" Life cycle
..Reproduction can involve direct or indirect sperm transfer; when indirect, the male emits a spermatophore on the ground and then inserts it with his chelicerae in the female's genital pore. To do this, he flings the female on her back.
The female then digs a burrow, into which she lays 50 to 200 eggs – some species then guard them until they hatch. Because the female does not feed during this time, she will try to fatten herself beforehand, and a species of 5 cm has been observed to eat more than 100 flies during that time in the laboratory. Solifugae undergo a number of stages including, egg, postembryo, 9–10 nymphal instars, and adults."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solifugae#Life_cycle

Links to more mating vids here: https://www.inaturalist.org/comments/2330202

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Golden Huntsman Spiders Genus Olios

Observer

tjeerddw

Date

June 8, 2013 08:53 AM CET

Description

this spider seemed to be intrigued by the camera, as long as I was busy in front of him/her it would stay put and watch what was going on...

width of first photo about 3-4 cm..

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vynbos

Date

November 19, 2018 07:29 AM SAST

Description

have a better look at those antennae and lovely feet here: https://youtu.be/mzu-hITT7gg

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bgwright

Date

January 19, 2017

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tjeerddw

Date

March 9, 2014 07:42 AM CET

Description

salticidae thyene ogdeni with prey

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Mongrel Frog Nothophryne broadleyi

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wernerconradie

Date

November 24, 2011 04:22 PM EET

Place

Malawi (Google, OSM)

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bgwright

Date

November 5, 2015 09:10 PM SAST

Description

Marleyimyia xylocopae.
Id confirmed by both Steve Marshall and Neal Evenhuis who described the species.
No, I did not collect this individual (unfortunately)

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bgwright

Date

September 5, 2018 02:30 PM SAST

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linkie

Date

November 17, 2018 04:11 PM SAST

Description

Listed as Rare. Growing in full sun on gentle west facing slope. Coarse sand and bigger rocks and boulders.

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Longhead Sugar Ant Camponotus angusticeps

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richardadcock

Date

November 16, 2018 01:30 PM SAST

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Common Puff Adder Bitis arietans ssp. arietans

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vynbos

Date

November 16, 2018 10:32 AM SAST

Description

snake 'walking' across the road.
first GIF at normal speed, second at 3x slower to show the muscles at work. The ripples remind me of a centipede walking, with it muscles working like dozens of legs.
approx 50cm
see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rectilinear_locomotion

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linkie

Date

November 17, 2018 09:58 AM SAST

Description

Slender plant with one leaf. Small flowers. Counted 27 plants without searching to far. So a good population. Listed as VU

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tjeerddw

Date

May 11, 2015 03:12 PM CET

Description

the first shot is of a dead one I found in the house, the second one a live specimen on the window..

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Cape Mountain Sugar Ant Camponotus emarginatus

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muonmo

Date

October 6, 2018 10:15 AM SAST

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Cape Buffalo Syncerus caffer ssp. caffer

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i_c_riddell

Date

November 15, 1987 12:54 PM CET

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What

Cotton Bollworm Helicoverpa armigera

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richardadcock

Date

November 16, 2018 11:27 AM SAST

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Superb Fairywren Malurus cyaneus

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magrietb

Date

November 15, 2018 10:19 AM SAST

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What

African Hummingbird Hawk-Moth Macroglossum trochilus

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tjeerddw

Date

May 4, 2017 11:03 AM CET

Description

african humming bird moth/macroglossum trochilus (38mm)

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colin25

Date

November 11, 2018 12:41 PM SAST

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What

Swift Moths Family Hepialidae

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tonyrebelo

Date

April 17, 2012

Description

Silk Purser


At last: found the critter creating the silk purses. Quite a large caterpillar - over 50mm long.

Now the million dollar question: what is it?

I presume the big black head is to block the hole from anyone trying to get down it!

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linkie

Date

November 10, 2018 12:51 PM SAST

Description

Listed as CR. These just stepped right 'into' the road next to me : ) One young plant in the path a bit over 50cm high. About 10 plants on a very stony and steep slope. New plant or two right in the path.

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Ground Woodpecker Geocolaptes olivaceus

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markuslilje

Date

October 14, 2014 07:59 AM HST

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Ground Woodpecker Geocolaptes olivaceus

Date

June 13, 2012

Description

220 copy


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Ground Woodpecker Geocolaptes olivaceus

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muisvoel

Date

November 9, 2018 08:36 AM SAST

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Violet-backed Starling Cinnyricinclus leucogaster

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cefox

Date

November 8, 2018 04:42 PM SAST

Description

Male observed feeding on termite alates at the main Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife office.

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tjeerddw

Date

November 7, 2018 10:27 AM CET

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Crimson-breasted Gonolek Laniarius atrococcineus

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fdelsuc

Date

October 30, 2018 12:32 AM CET

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Bat-eared Fox Otocyon megalotis

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fdelsuc

Date

October 23, 2018 10:14 PM SAST

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Tropical House Gecko Hemidactylus mabouia

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markusgmeiner

Date

October 27, 2018 07:34 PM SAST

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oswaldkurten

Date

October 10, 2018 08:45 AM SAST

Description

Lots of these in and around Koringberg as their intricate holes are everywhere. They must be quite strong as I came across a hole in the garden where one even used the small stones from the landscaped pathway to decorate the entrance to the hole. The soil is also very hard around Koringberg, but they manage to dig a hole somehow.

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Namaqua Chameleon Chamaeleo namaquensis

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john2808

Date

October 2, 2018 11:46 AM SAST

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What

Grey-headed Flying-Fox Pteropus poliocephalus

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magrietb

Date

November 4, 2018 03:11 AM SAST

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i_c_riddell

Date

November 4, 2018 08:02 AM CET

Description

ochreipennis or tricolorata

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Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius

Date

August 24, 2017 01:23 PM SAST

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Namib Rock Agama Agama planiceps

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russh

Date

August 23, 2018 05:35 PM CDT

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kevinatbrakputs

Date

November 3, 2018 05:39 PM SAST

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Monkey Grasshoppers Family Eumastacidae

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magdastlucia

Date

November 4, 2018 03:05 PM SAST

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magdastlucia

Date

November 3, 2018 05:39 PM SAST

Place

St Lucia 1 (Google, OSM)

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tjeerddw

Date

November 2, 2018 12:35 PM CET

Description

found in the house...

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Buckspoor Spiders Genus Seothyra

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laurent_h

Date

July 15, 2018 11:39 AM SAST

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Southern Woodland Kingfisher Halcyon senegalensis ssp. cyanoleuca

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sakevwyk

Date

November 21, 2017 05:46 PM SAST

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What

Disa minor

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muonmo

Date

October 28, 2018 09:07 AM SAST

Description

Found by Mark Johnston, who kindly pointed us in their direction.

Tiny little things, growing out of damp moss on some rocks above a pool. At times their location would be in a watercourse, though water was no longer flowing down that section of rock when we saw the plants.

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Cape Dune Mole Rat Bathyergus suillus

Observer

paoloc

Date

October 28, 2018 03:29 PM SAST

Description

Eating plant stalks, fully in the open, over at least 30 minutes, with a lot of people on the dune very close to it. Completely unafraid of people, or anything else, seemingly.

See also: video at: https://vimeo.com/297926275

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Lady Beetles Family Coccinellidae

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colin25

Date

October 26, 2018 11:39 AM SAST

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generaltwitcher

Date

October 21, 2018 10:02 AM SAST

Description

FOUND ON MOUNTAIN TOP, +- 1000 m

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jacquesmerwe923

Date

October 18, 2018 06:27 PM SAST

Description

Hiding under discarded debree on the edge of a Renosterveld/Fynbos ecotone.

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petrabroddle

Date

October 22, 2018 10:15 AM SAST

Description

Collected as part of Search and Rescue.

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Red-billed Oxpecker Buphagus erythrorhynchus

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bastiaan

Date

August 3, 2018 11:31 AM CEST

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Egg-eating Snake Dasypeltis scabra

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willemvzyl

Date

October 14, 2018 07:18 AM SAST

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sandraf

Date

October 9, 2018 12:14 PM SAST

Description

Redlisted as Vulnerable
Site earmarked for development.
Renosterveld/thicket mix.
Only seen this plant once before in Mossel Bay about 20 years ago as the Dias Beach development went ahead. That day I sat down next to it and cried. Not much has changed since then. Let's hope this special patch, with several unusual plants, can retain its spot in the sun despite impending development.

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wynand_uys

Date

October 16, 2018 12:27 PM SAST

Description

Inside dwelling.
Note the spiderlings are almost completely formed in the eggs.

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Climbing Mantella Mantella laevigata

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botaneek

Date

September 23, 2018 11:55 AM SAST

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What

Hover Flies Family Syrphidae

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georgewilson

Date

October 11, 2018 12:24 PM CET

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botaneek

Date

November 2, 2012

Description

Lonchostoma purpureum


Kogelberg Sandstone Fynbos

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Rhombic Skaapsteker Psammophylax rhombeatus

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carinalochner

Date

October 11, 2018 11:45 AM SAST

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happyasacupcake

Date

September 29, 2018 09:17 AM SAST

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Silverspotted Ghost Leto venus

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colin25

Date

June 13, 2018 08:10 AM SAST

Description

Pupae cases seen at the base of a Keurboom. With permission, the tree was removed, roots and all, taken in for a MIR scan, first image. Guided by the scan, section cut through the stem to confirm scan interpretation. The holes made by Leto venus larvae are confined to a 40cm section of the main stem, do not enter the roots and are parallel to the stem, near vertical.No larvae were seen, thinking the 5 holes were made by a single brood, all of which pupated within a short period of time.

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Ant-like Longhorn Beetle Cyrtophorus verrucosus

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bouteloua

Date

June 11, 2016 11:10 AM CDT

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Common Boomslang Dispholidus typus ssp. typus

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karoopixie

Date

October 24, 2014

Description

Rosa showing off her mighty strength - Montagu WCape


An oft-used pathway to Home Tree is from the guarri near it. If there's wind, then the branch of Home Tree is further away from the guarri.

These are stills from a little video I took of Rosa coming home.

Pic 1 is first attempt to reach Home Tree. Unable to reach, she decided to go to the ground and come up from the bottom, but she came across the birdbath on the way, and must have smelt the puffadder who'd been there just a couple of days before coz she did the waving thing where she ripples just the first third of her body.

Pic 2 Rosa goes back up the guarri and tries again.

Pic 3 Not being able to reach the branch, she collapses back down into the guarri (collapse is perhaps not the best word, as it suggests that she has no control over the movement which is completely false).

Pic 4 Rosa's third attempt at a slightly different angle.

Pic 5 Collapse from 3rd attempt.

Pic 6 Success! Rosa gets into Home Tree and snuggles up in a sparrow nest for the night :-)

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vynbos

Date

November 27, 2011

Description

Gladiolus carneus


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Frill Heaths Section Oxyloma

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tonyrebelo

Date

August 17, 2014

Description

Redthread Heath


Another lithophyte.

How these species get their seeds into these minute cracks amazes me more than how they manage to survive in cracks that are almost invisible all through summer.

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Cederberg Cave Katydid Cedarbergeniana imperfecta

Observer

vynbos

Date

May 2, 2016

Description

Cederberg Cave Katydid


Someone in our party had stumbled upon these huge 'cave crickets' on an earlier trip, and took us to see them. I was expecting a cricket, and was delighted to instead see huge katydids. This female was 60mm with her ovipositor. With her long legs spread out, was 150mm, her antennae as long again. They move quietly in the dark chambers made by a water course passing through boulders.
Getting home and looking it up I was happy to see that they were described by Piotr Naskrecki. He says they aren't predatory but move out of the caves at night and eat plants. These are the only known cave-dwelling katydids, from his blog:
"they are highly gregarious, often found in clusters of 20-30 individuals of various ages. The caves they prefer are cold, maintaining the chilly temperature of 12°C (54°F) throughout the year. Their habitat cannot be occupied by bats or hyraxes, which probably quickly do away with the tasty, surprisingly very slow-moving insects, thus limiting the number of available caves (interestingly, when exposed to higher temperatures they become phenomenal jumpers)."

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Northern Dewstick Roridula dentata

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magrietb

Date

September 24, 2018 12:02 PM SAST

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Verreaux's Eagle Aquila verreauxii

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brendancole

Date

February 5, 2018 11:28 AM SAST

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Small Pugnacious Ant Anoplolepis steingroeveri

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vynbos

Date

September 22, 2018 05:47 PM SAST

Description

minor ants approx 5mm.
Never seen this before, ants raiding antlion traps and stealing their prey, removing the dead/dying termites. Didn't see any antlions being attacked, but the ants were in the bottom of two different traps wrestling food from the antlions.

Antlion here:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/16928137

Prey here:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/16928134

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Disa minor

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vynbos

Date

November 19, 2017 06:33 AM SAST

Description

~20mm across. growing 40mm off the ground in sandy well drained soil with the flower facing the sky, two more flowers in bud behind it. None of the other plants were in bud. Veld very young, 12-18months

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vynbos

Date

September 23, 2018 05:53 PM SAST

Description

Moth pollinating an aandblom, the flowers open in the late afternoon/early evening while it is still light. They are closed by sunrise, though I didn't find out when. I've looked for moth pollinators before by torchlight and never had any luck. At 5.50 with sunset at 6.40 it was still very light. About 10 moths were visiting a small population of flowers. So it would seem the action happens before sunset.
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flower here:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/16928125
full video here:
https://youtu.be/bXwQFGk_1Hw

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Micro Bee Flies Family Mythicomyiidae

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richardadcock

Date

September 22, 2018 06:25 PM SAST

Place

Oorlgkloof (Google, OSM)

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Southern Fiscal (Ssp. Collaris) Lanius collaris ssp. collaris

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colin25

Date

December 15, 2017 07:10 PM SAST

Description

Bird seen coming out of bushes, landed on path with prey, pecked at it, flew another few metres, again landed and pecked a couple of times. Not recorded. Flew in a low bush and..... Left twice a feed chicks in nearby known nest. Total recorded time: 4 minutes. Ended when another shrike appeared and the killer flew off with the remainder of the kill.

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alexanderr

Date

June 26, 2018 10:06 AM SAST

Description

with Operation Wallacea
www.opwall.com

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alexanderr

Date

July 19, 2018 04:30 PM SAST

Place

Honduras (Google, OSM)

Description

with Operation Wallaceae
www.opwall.com

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Guatemala Neckband Snake Scaphiodontophis annulatus

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alexanderr

Date

July 22, 2018 03:46 PM SAST

Description

Same individual as https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/16145966, but some different angles

with Operation Wallaceae
www.opwall.com

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gerhardmalan

Date

September 20, 2017 01:27 PM SAST

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Klaas's Cuckoo Chrysococcyx klaas

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bushboy

Date

September 18, 2018 07:21 AM SAST

Description

Peachy boy poser


Finally a visual. Calling in our Wild Peach, their favourite Acraea caterpillar tree. Been hearing them for 2 weeks. No sign of Didericks here yet. And is an Emerald too much to hope for?

See the tree: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/16679514

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Orange Flappie Moraea tulbaghensis

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linkie

Date

September 15, 2018 03:01 PM SAST

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Drone Flies Subfamily Eristalinae

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vynbos

Date

September 15, 2018 11:17 AM SAST

Description

cutest fly I've seen in a while. torpid cos of the cold I guess.
~10mm

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linkie

Date

August 31, 2018 03:37 PM SAST

Description

Stunning flowers.

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richardadcock

Date

September 3, 2018 11:39 AM SAST

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Leafcutter, Mortar, and Resin Bees Genus Megachile

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cheekychew

Date

September 1, 2018 12:06 PM SAST

Description

Building a nest inside the pipe of a windchime

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muonmo

Date

July 19, 2018 12:09 PM SAST

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muisvoel

Date

September 1, 2018 08:40 AM SAST

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Scoliid Wasps Family Scoliidae

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leejones

Date

December 28, 2014 02:14 PM SAST

Description

On Lasiospermum bipinnatum

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petrabroddle

Date

February 24, 2017

Description

Friends of flowers


Was also observed feeding on Asteraceae Metalasia schlechteri which is redlisted as Critical

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Four-striped Grass Mouse Rhabdomys pumilio

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chris_whitehouse

Date

August 17, 2018 09:46 PM SAST

Description

Screenshot from video: https://youtu.be/kr9QLlM0Aj0
Pollinating Protea scabra: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/11086102

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Fireflies Family Lampyridae

Date

July 30, 2018 04:31 PM SAST

Description

insect feeding on a ground protea

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henrydelange

Date

August 24, 2018 10:57 AM SAST

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Southern African Dwarf Chameleons Genus Bradypodion

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tyroneping

Date

July 20, 2018 08:21 PM SAST

Description

An undescribed species of Bradypodion sp. "Grootvaderbos"

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kevinatbrakputs

Date

November 20, 2017 09:08 AM SAST

Description

Height 90 mm; flower diam up to 24 mm; Petals split

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Painted Kalkoentjie Gladiolus watermeyeri

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carinalochner

Date

August 5, 2018 04:45 PM SAST

Description

About 12 cm tall. Only two plants seen over a weekend. I smelled it first and on looking around found it just a step ahead of me. Easily missed if not for the strong sweet smell.

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Stalk-eyed Flies Family Diopsidae

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bushboy

Date

August 5, 2018 01:49 PM SAST

Description

Here's lookin' at ya, kid


Temporarily trapped behind window. Not killed - freed.

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Hammer-headed Fruit Bat Hypsignathus monstrosus

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jakob

Date

March 24, 2000

Description

male (left) and female (right)

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Hammer-headed Fruit Bat Hypsignathus monstrosus

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kristian

Date

December 4, 2013

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touroult

Date

February 22, 2018 10:32 PM EET

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Cape Cobra Naja nivea

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happyasacupcake

Date

May 30, 2018 02:21 PM SAST

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Black-breasted Snake-Eagle Circaetus pectoralis

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happyasacupcake

Date

May 30, 2018 02:20 PM SAST

Description

We saw the snake eagle as it flew up from the ground. It flew in slow circles while it controlled and started to eat the snake. One minute from pic 1 to pic 8 where it started to eat the snake. Total time for this series, three minutes.

Snake at https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/14774517