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What

Goldtail (Allocnemis leucosticta)

Observer

cati

Date

October 5, 2021 11:40 AM SAST

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What

Common Spiny Flower Mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergi)

Observer

cati

Date

September 22, 2021 04:02 PM SAST

Description

Moult and adult same day.

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What

Peter's Thread Snake (Leptotyphlops scutifrons)

Observer

cati

Date

September 26, 2021 03:52 PM SAST

Description

Snake pulling itself out of a hole, covered in small red ants.

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Observer

cati

Date

May 1, 2021 12:34 PM SAST

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Observer

cati

Date

May 3, 2021 01:54 PM SAST

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What

Wrinkled Birddung Crabspider (Phrynarachne rugosa)

Observer

suncana

Date

April 25, 2020 09:22 AM SAST

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Observer

suncana

Date

December 25, 2019 06:58 PM SAST

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What

Common Ghost Mantis (Phyllocrania paradoxa)

Observer

suncana

Date

December 29, 2018 03:23 PM SAST

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What

Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis)

Observer

goldenj

Date

June 20, 2018 05:21 PM MDT

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What

Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis)

Observer

jkcntynaturenut

Date

October 13, 2018 11:21 AM CDT

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What

Spotted Bush Snake (Philothamnus semivariegatus)

Observer

bushboy

Date

October 18, 2018 09:44 AM SAST

Description

Imperfect pointing, beautiful scalation

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Observer

suncana

Date

October 12, 2018 10:52 AM SAST

Description

CR 32

Foodplant: Ekebergia capensis

Moth: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/19727550

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Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala)

Observer

cati

Date

September 17, 2018 04:24 PM SAST

Description

Black-headed Heron hunting, catching and eating small mammal (possibly Four-striped Mouse).

Capture to consumption - 3 seconds
Consumption to moving on - 5 seconds

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Four-striped Grass Mouse (Rhabdomys pumilio)

Observer

cati

Date

September 17, 2018 04:24 PM SAST

Description

Small mammal caught by Black-headed Heron.

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What

Mole Snake (Pseudaspis cana)

Observer

cati

Date

September 17, 2018 12:29 PM SAST

Description

notroadkill

First draft of description:
Playing dead, it turned back into the bush after a few minutes.
Interesting sculptural effect. Is this a stop motion of muscle movement?

Additional information added in response to questions in comments below.
Snake: completely unmoving as if "frozen" for a few minutes. Surface contours present and unchanged, until just before it turn around back into the bush.

What happened:
We were driving, when I saw "something on the road ahead". We drove up slowly to get a better view.

We stopped the car less than 5m from, what was by then clearly, a snake. It had not moved from the time that we spotted it some distance before.

I was intrigued by surface contours. Stupidly and reflexively, I got out of the car from the passenger side. I came around the back of the car to get clearer photos. It did not move for perhaps a minute or so.

When one of our friends in the car behind us also got out, I came to my senses. Almost as soon as I said not to get any closer, that it might be playing dead, the snake turned around returning to the bush.

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Observer

cati

Date

September 9, 2018 10:43 AM SAST

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What

Butterflies and Moths (Order Lepidoptera)

Observer

cati

Date

September 19, 2017 11:35 AM SAST

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What

Butterflies and Moths (Order Lepidoptera)

Observer

suncana

Date

September 8, 2018 08:11 PM SAST

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What

Bush Squeaker (Arthroleptis wahlbergii)

Observer

suncana

Date

September 1, 2018 08:08 AM SAST

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Observer

cati

Date

February 27, 2018 05:52 PM SAST

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What

Common Spiny Flower Mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergi)

Observer

bushboy

Date

April 13, 2014

Description

nymph fiddling


I moved this little nymph from its large green home (an Iboza leaf), across the drive to a safer spot. Onto a blooming bright orange Tecomaria flower. I had before observed a pink nymph on such a flower and wanted to see if this fellow would change colour. Not a chance! By the next day he'd climbed off the flower and found another large green home about 20cm away (as the nymph climbs down then up), an about-to-bud blue Plectranthus. He might have been disturbed by a giant, relatively, Leaf-footed Bug which are commandeering the emerging Tecomaria flowers, but I won't fiddle with his obvious preference again.

Whether he can change colour is thus moot.

Of interest in these latest shots, taken sequentially a couple of seconds apart, is his defense response. In the first pic, his pale face is looking at me (doubtless thinking, "Hell the bugger's going to move me again!"). I then gently tickled the underside of his leaf and his head instantly snapped around, antennae flailing, to show me the black "face" behind his head.

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What

Common Spiny Flower Mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergi)

Observer

suncana

Date

August 12, 2018 02:36 PM SAST

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What

Transparent Fork-Moss (Dichodontium pellucidum)

Observer

georgeg

Date

May 9, 2018 03:28 PM BST

Description

Found on a damp ledge.

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What

Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia)

Observer

suncana

Date

April 8, 2018 02:58 PM SAST

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What

Common Woollylegs (Lachnocnema bibulus)

Observer

suncana

Date

February 24, 2018 05:26 PM SAST

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What

Vine Hawkmoth (Hippotion celerio)

Observer

magdastlucia

Date

February 21, 2018 05:14 PM SAST

Description

See the larva https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9809227

Collected the final instar larva on 05 February 2018 and it started to pupate on 07 February 2018.

Imago emerged on 21 February 2018.

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Observer

suncana

Date

February 4, 2018 10:15 AM SAST