Category Archives: Insects

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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SPIDER WEBS IN THE PLANTS AROUND THE VERMONT SALT PAN

Previously published in the SANSA News (South African National Survey of Arachnida), No. 21, May-Sept 2014, as Webs at Vermont Pan, Hermanus. Hermanus people enjoy nature.  During April 2014 a lady walking around the Vermont Salt Pan was intrigued by … Continue reading

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Yellow Flower Crab Spider (Thomisus sp.)

One of the photos in HERBS this week of the Acrolophia lamellata shows a yellow flower crab spider hunting a bee.   “Spiders of Southern Africa” by Astri and John Leroy gives some interesting facts about crab spiders:- These spiders belong … Continue reading

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Garden Butterflies

1  Belenois thysa (False Dotted Border Butterfly) There have been many of these butterflies around recently.  This is the dry season form, lemon yellow with margins of forewing bordered black with black spots along the outer margin of the hindwing.  It flies … Continue reading

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