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Common Green Mantid (Mantis) Head

This picture is a macro shot of a Common Green Mantid (Mantis)Family Mantidae. Its scientific name is Sphodromantis Gastrica. These mantids have large bodies of about 55mm in length, they are robust and bright green. The females are much fatter than the males. Their diet consists of mainly caterpillars and insects. They are extremely common in gardens, in trees and in undisturbed vegetation. This macro was taken with a Canon MPE65 Lens at about 3.5X.

Common Green Mantid

Robber Fly

The Robber fly is from the order Diptera, Family Asilidae. They are predators to other bugs and are always wanting to devour large quantities of food. They mostly prey on other insects and are capable of attacking and killing bees, wasps, dragonflies, grasshoppers and even spiders. They tend to feed on whatever insects happen to be available in a particular area.
When hunting, the robber fly finds a perching location in order to locate suitable prey. Once located, robber flies catch their prey in mid air. They inject their prey with saliva from their proboscis. The saliva contains neurotoxic and proteolytic enzymes. The neurotoxins paralyze the prey and the proteolytic enzymes digest proteins in the body tissues. The robber fly will then return to its perch and consume the liquidized body tissues of the prey.

Robber Fly

White Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It contains several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are often noted for their showy flowers and are commonly known as hibiscus, sorrel, and flor de Jamaica, or less widely known as rosemallow. The genus includes both annual and perennial herbaceous plants, as well as woody shrubs and small trees.

White Hibiscus

Crowned Lapwing (Plover)

The Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus Coronatus) has a black cap surrounded by a white ‘halo’ giving this bird its name. The legs and basal part of it bill are a reddish pink color. There is also a black band separating it’s breast from its belly. They live in short grass, on golf courses or on playing fields.

Crowned Plover

Kite Spider

This Kite Spider – Gasteracantha falcicornis’ photo was taken in the bushes around the Fish River Resort outside Port Alfred. It is one of the more commonly found kite spiders. Their abdomens are shiny, very colourful and hard and have a number of spiny projections. Their sizes range from around 5mm to 15mm with the female being much larger than the male. They spin the common round orb web and wait in the center for their pray.

Kite Spider

Red Wing Starling

This Red Wing Starlings’ picture was taken at Fish River Villas near Mpekweni. Its technical name is Onychognathus Morio. Its main habitats are rocky ravines and cliffs. These birds tend to be very aggressive and won’t think twice about attacking humans. If you have them in your roof, you may expect a lot of noise, droppings, and most distressingly, lice. Many birds carry lice but, the starling is the greatest culprit.

Red Wing Starling

Red Veined Dropwing Dragonfly

These dragonflies are from the family Libellulidae. This particular specimen is Trithemis Arteriosa. They are widespread and common with a wingspan of around 58mm. This one is a dull orange colour probably indicating that it is a female. The males are typically red bodied with red leading wings. Their food mainly consists of passing insects.

Red Veined Dropwing Dragonfly