Category Archives: Insects

A Very Small Insect

Wees verseker dat in die Fynbos daar altyd iets sal wees om ons botaniese entoesiaste opnuut te beindruk! Onlangs was ons soos gewoonlik besig om voorbeelde van Fynbos wat op die oomblik blom, te versamel om in die Besoekersentrum te … Continue reading

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Identification please!

On this morning’s BotSoc walk to study the various Lobelia in flower, a pretty caterpillar was photographed by Derek Silberblatt. Can anybody say what it is? He also submitted a picture of a nest in an Erica bush that he … Continue reading

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BEE happy in Fernkloof!

Image by Paula Combrink

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Searching the ‘waterfalls’ for the Red Disa – and a cell phone on ‘life support’!

A group of intrepid Botsoc members left Hermanus at 6am on Saturday as the full moon was setting in the west – hoping to avoid the heat that was forecast for the day. We were joined by Mike Ford of … Continue reading

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Such gorgeous little lemon balls!

Vic Hamilton-Attwell photographed these tiny citrus-yellow aphids (Olender aphids, or Aphis nerii) on the post fire plants of Aspidoglossum heterophyllum. The plants have been flowering in the burn over the last few weeks. The plants were very small only reaching 8-10 cm … Continue reading

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Roridula gorgonias

The exciting discovery of Roridula gorgonias this week near Galpin hut is pictured here. Roridula gorgonias is one of those fascinating plants which shares its existence in a symbiotic relationship with an insect, a carnivorous (assassin) bug, Pameridea roridulae for … Continue reading

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ERICA BANKSII FOUND, BUT THE MIMETES PALUSTRIS REMAINS ELUSIVE!

A group of Bot. Soc. members went up Aasvoelkop yesterday to find the Erica banksii subsp. purpurea which had been seen by a group from Kirstenbosch. What a treat it was to see this beautiful Erica in profusion, adorning the … Continue reading

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