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Hairy Field Spider

Hairy Field Spiders – genera: Araneus and Neoscona, are part of the family of spiders known as Araneinae. The hairy field spiders spends most of their time sitting on their webs waiting for an unsuspecting bug to be trapped. They make these webs in trees, between trees, on bushes and plants or even under grass. Field spiders are usually medium to large in size, about 5 – 20mm. The colours of this spider varies from cream to brown to black and from yellow to green, usually with distinct dorsal patterns. These spiders tend to make their webs in the evenings and then dismantle it at daybreak. They eat the orb section, but leave the support structures in place for the following evenings web.
This picture was taken at Assegaaibosch Country Lodge.

Hairy Field Spider

Elegant Grasshoppers

The Elegant GrasshopperZonocerus Elegans, from the family Pyrgomorphidae is a medium to large grasshopper with black antennae with orange rings. The head is mostly black with touches of blue, orange and yellow. These grasshoppers are classified as pests as they damage vegetables and fruit trees. They do, however, have a preference for milkweed. When disturbed, they can emit a nauseating yellow fluid.
Eggs are laid in autumn and remain in the ground for six months until they hatch in spring. The hoppers reach full maturity in 75 days. These two were photoed in a large field on the Assegaaibosch Country Lodge Estate.

Elegant Grasshoppers

Golden Orb Web Spider

The Golden Orb-web SpiderNephila fenestrata is a large colourful orb web spider with an elongated, cylindrical abdomen. Its markings are contrasting colours of black, white and yellow. They have very long black legs that make the spider look flimsy, but easily recognizable. The female Golden Orb-web Spider’s mass is about a 1000 times more than the male. Juveniles, both male and female, spin complete orbs, but only the female adult spins a web of strong thick golden silk. These spiders live in forests, in trees, on bushes and plants or in low based vegetation. They are completely harmless to humans. This spider’s picture was taken at Assegaaibosch Country Lodge

Golden Orb Spider

Regal Blowfly

The Regal Blowfly is a medium-sized fly (wingspan approx. 16mm) from the Calliphoridae family of flies. Its scientific name is Chrysomya Marginalis. It has an orange head, red eyes and a metallic green body. They are similar to the banded blowflies in that they lay masses of eggs on freshly dead animals. In a day or two, the corpse will be covered in larvae (maggots) which will then migrate to the soil to pupate. The regal blowfly is very common and widespread in Africa. This photo was taken at Assegaaibosch Country Lodge (Kareedouw, South Africa)

Regal Blowfly