The western Leopard Toad is restricted to the coastal lowlands of the south-western Cape, with a distribution range that extends from the Cape Peninsula and Cape Flats to the Agulhas Plain. Furthermore, this species has a fragmented distribution and has...read more
Stumbled upon this unique snake in the garden. This Cape Worm Snake is no more than 2mm thick (or should I say thin!) and about 8 cm in length. Shiny black, highly polished scales. The snake is fossorial, burrowing underground,...read more
Wonderful experience to finally see the red disa (Disa uniflora) on Table Mountain. Were meaning to do this the past few years, and finally rounded up the family to go hiking to the disas. These beautiful flowers are pollinated by...read more
A fascinating find which caused huge excitement with the pre-schoolers who found it! From a distance this looks like dead grass - until it starts moving! The caterpillar larvae of the bagworm (Psychidae) constructs its case from silk and environmental...read more
Fragrant white flowers on tall stalk. Inner three petals different in shape to outer petals. Five smaller stamens clustered above one larger stamen. Tufted leaves. Status Vulnerable due to restricted range (approx. 408km2, in 8 to 10 locations)
Beautiful Equine Maiden moth with stout body and branched antennae. Forewings narrow and grey with white markings. Thorax covered in thick grey and white hairs. The abdomen has a row of orange dots. The sides of the thorax has white...read more
Plum red, glossy anemone with smooth column. Tightly closed when exposed at low tide. It hangs like fruit from overhangs. Some conflicting information about the correct scientific name, with some calling it Actinia mandelae. The World Register of Marine Species...read more
Black-backed jackal waiting for a turn at the water hole. They are active hunters of smaller prey such as hares, rabbits, insects, reptiles and also small antelope. Of course they are renowned scavengers.