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Caterpillar Grass Harpochloa falx

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shobie

Date

January 5, 2020 07:38 AM SAST

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Hawk, Sphinx, Silk, Emperor, and Allied Moths Superfamily Bombycoidea

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shobie

Date

September 26, 2020 09:36 PM SAST

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shobie

Date

September 17, 2020 02:00 PM SAST

Description

Identified by Justin Bode and confirmed by Jeremy Dobson.

Also visiting the flower of Drimiopsis burkei ssp. burkei:
(https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/59952354)

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Wire Grass Elionurus muticus

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shobie

Date

September 17, 2020 04:34 PM SAST

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Fungi

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Fungi Including Lichens Kingdom Fungi

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shobie

Date

September 17, 2020 04:18 PM SAST

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shobie

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September 17, 2020 02:02 PM SAST

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shobie

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September 17, 2020 01:57 PM SAST

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Pin-tailed Whydah Vidua macroura

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shobie

Date

September 17, 2020 08:39 AM SAST

Description

Molting male

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Lunate Lady Beetle Cheilomenes lunata

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shobie

Date

September 13, 2020 03:19 PM SAST

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Bahia Grass Paspalum notatum

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shobie

Date

September 12, 2020 07:22 AM SAST

Description

The shoots of Paspalum notatum. This grass is low-growing and creeping with stolons and stout, scaly rhizomes. The stolons are pressed firmly to the ground and root freely from the internodes, forming a dense sod. The long stout rhizomes are well developed and horizontally creeping, almost woody, clad in overlapping leaf sheaths.

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Gum Grass Eragrostis gummiflua

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shobie

Date

September 4, 2020 06:10 PM SAST

Description

Shoots

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African Love Grass Eragrostis curvula

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shobie

Date

September 5, 2020 04:05 PM SAST

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Shoots

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Wire Grass Elionurus muticus

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shobie

Date

September 5, 2020 04:21 PM SAST

Description

Scorched shoots after wildfire.

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Caterpillar Grass Harpochloa falx

Observer

shobie

Date

September 3, 2020 05:59 PM SAST

Description

These are the shoots of ๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’“๐’‘๐’๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’๐’‚ ๐’‡๐’‚๐’๐’™ (๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€ / ๐—ฅ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜€), rejuvenating after a veld fire. The lamina (leaf blade) seems to be rolled at this very young stage, but itโ€™s mostly folded (some flat) and a bit rigid. The leaves have somewhat blunt tips.

One feature to identify this species at this young stage is the long white hairs on the edges of the lamina at the ligule. Its ligule is an inconspicuous ring of hairs.

This grass is very palatable and provides good grazing to livestock and game whilst young, but becomes hard later in the season.

In its vegetative stage it can easily be confused with ๐‘ฏ๐’†๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’๐’‘๐’๐’ˆ๐’๐’ ๐’„๐’๐’๐’•๐’๐’“๐’•๐’–๐’” (๐’๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ / ๐€๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐š๐š๐ข๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฌ), but can be distinguished by the few hairs near the ligule and rounded tips of the leaves of ๐‘ฏ. ๐’„๐’๐’๐’•๐’๐’“๐’•๐’–๐’”.

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shobie

Date

August 29, 2020 12:23 PM SAST

Description

Confirmed by more than one on the Spider Club of Southern Africa that it's at least from the hammock-web spider family Linyphiidae. One suggestion was that it's probably a male Microlinyphia sterilis.

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Tanglehead Heteropogon contortus

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shobie

Date

August 28, 2020 05:47 PM SAST

Description

These are the shoots of ๐‘ฏ๐’†๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’๐’‘๐’๐’ˆ๐’๐’ ๐’„๐’๐’๐’•๐’๐’“๐’•๐’–๐’” (๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ- ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€ / ๐—”๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜€). The leaves are bluish-green, rigid, folded, usually glabrous or with few hairs (like this specimen) with a rounded apex. It also has a few hairs near the base at the ligule. The ligule is membranous.

Spear grass is a good forage and fodder grass when young, but very troublesome to animals after flowering because of the sharp-pointed seeds which may penetrate the skin and the membranes of the mouth and intestines.

The specific epithet ๐’„๐’๐’๐’•๐’๐’“๐’•๐’–๐’”, means 'tangled' or 'twisted'. Just before the dormant stage the awns twist into a spire and forming a malignant tangled knot.

In its vegetative stage it can easily be confused with ๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’“๐’‘๐’๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’๐’‚ ๐’‡๐’‚๐’๐’™ (๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€ / ๐—ฅ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜€), but can be distinguished by the many long hairs at the base of the leaf and the relative sharp apex of ๐‘ฏ. ๐’‡๐’‚๐’๐’™.

For the adult grass in flower, go to: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/18425867

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Tabby Moths Genus Aglossa

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shobie

Date

August 25, 2020 09:06 PM SAST

Description

Perhaps A.

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shobie

Date

August 25, 2020 06:18 PM SAST

Description

The new shoots are full of energy and ready for the new growing season after a wildfire. Note first the fibrous basal sheaths of previous years' growth protruding above the surface. Secondly, the characteristic swollen, fleshy basal part underground.
This grass is well grazed until the stalks appear and the leaves harden. If this species is dominant in the veld, it indicates that the veld is underutilized.

Full grown flowering grass: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/18424370

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shobie

Date

August 23, 2020 07:31 AM SAST

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Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri

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shobie

Date

August 23, 2020 07:33 AM SAST

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shobie

Date

August 17, 2020 03:50 PM SAST

Description

The seedling (vegetative stage) of Andropogon chinensis (Hairy Blue grass). The leaves are soft, glaucous grey, usually hairless and with an indistinct midrib. The ligule is a membrane with long, stiff hairs on the edges. The base is also slightly swollen.

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shobie

Date

August 6, 2020 02:57 PM SAST

Description

I found this shrub on rocky terrain and in disturbed and elevated areas in open grassland. The flowers are white or purplish-pink, and a papery calyx is left in the dormant stage. The thin, fleshy leaves are crowded at the ends of small, short branches. Maybe the Fine Felicia (Felicia filifolia)?

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Rolling Grass Trichoneura grandiglumis

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shobie

Date

August 7, 2020 09:58 AM SAST

Description

Dormant stage.

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shobie

Date

August 7, 2020 09:30 AM SAST

Description

Dormant stage. Two basic features helping in identifying this species are firstly the spikelets that are compressed against the secondary axes, and secondly the white, woolly hairs on the basal parts.

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Impala Aepyceros melampus

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shobie

Date

July 4, 2020 05:06 PM SAST

Description

Black (dark) form.

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Paraseeds Genus Ursinia

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shobie

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July 4, 2020 05:22 PM SAST

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shobie

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July 2, 2020 03:22 PM SAST

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shobie

Date

May 22, 2020 08:08 AM SAST

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This is either Hyparrhenia variabilis or H. umbrosa, with a slight chance to be H. cymbaria. Superficially one can get confused with all three these species. Comparing the features of the main parts makes identification on this specimen more complicated. Let me explain (* means it fits the feature). The awns measures 20 mm (*H. variabilis up to 30 mm, H. cymbaria up to 16 mm & H. umbrosa up to 13 mm). The number of awns per raceme pair varies between 3-7 (H. variabilis & H. cymbaria 3-5 and *H. umbrosa 4-6). The spatheole measured 20 mm (*H. variabilis up to 24 mm, H. cymbaria up to 18 mm and *H. umbrosa up to 23 mm). Peduncle 9-10 mm (*H. variabilis up to 9 mm, H. cymbaria up to 8 mm & *H. umbrosa up to 13 mm). Leaves are 600 mm long, which is not consistent with H. variabilis & H. cymbaria whose leaves reaches up to 450 mm (*H. umbrosa to 600 mm) and 16.5 mm wide (*H. variabilis up to 15 mm, *H. cymbaria up to 20 mm & H. umbrosa up to 12 mm).
With features of both H. variabilis (the awn length, peduncle & width of the lamina) & H. umbrosa (the number of awns per raceme pair & length of the lamina) that are strongly represented in this specimen, I wonder if this is not a hybrid between these two species. This brings me to the next question as to whether hybridisation between Hyparrhenia species can occur.
The most reliable feature to distinguish between them is the shape of the callus (a hard projection at the base of the spikelet). Its shape in H. variabilis is oblong, in H. cymbaria it's square and in H umbrosa itโ€™s oblong with a rounded tip. The problem is that this structure is firstly so difficult to find in some Hyparrhenia species because of the hairiness in that area, and secondly its size, because it's between 0.2 - 0.5 mm long.
The last alternative is that it may be a new species (or subspecies).

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Cogon Grass Imperata cylindrica

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shobie

Date

June 23, 2020 12:59 PM SAST

Description

This grass is making this red patches in the open veld. When the veld is in its dormant stage it stands prominently out with its rusty colour. The apex of the leaf can prick a bit like a reedโ€™s leaf.

Courtesy of @richardgill

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Domestic Chicken Gallus gallus var. domesticus

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shobie

Date

June 16, 2020 01:29 PM SAST

Description

Misformed chicken egg. What can be the cause? It was bought at a local outlet.

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