Blog Posts under "Wild life"

Eyed-flower mantid

I found this delightful mantid, (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergi), while collecting seeds from a Leonotis leonorus.  According to the Field Guide to Insects of Southern Africa, this is much further south than their natural distribution area.

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Snout Beetle Damage Done to Aloes

When I first came to the Eastern Cape I noticed that some of my aloes developed a black rot in the center of the crown and this invariably led to the death of the plant. Initially I thought this was caused by some sort of disease, until I dug a little deeper.

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Hidden Life

Some of the most rewarding delights for the gardener are those found close to the ground.


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