Thursday, 25 October 2012

A few new images from a small hike i did from Hout Bay to Silvermine Nature area this month

This stunning specimen, is scientifically named as Watsonia tabularis. This species only flowers in late October until December. It bears purple, pink and scarlet colour flowers and is found mainly in the southern parts of the Western Cape.

The Black Girdled Lizard. This is a fast moving, completely black lizard, which are often found on rock faces where crevices are not far. This species feeds off small invertebrates such as grasshoppers. They can also be seen on warm summer days basking in the sun as a means to warm their cold blooded bodies.

This strange, yet beautiful specimen is referred to as The Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar. These are often located in trees and found in clusters. These highly social caterpillars are larvae of the Cape Lappet Moth, Eutricha Capensis. Larvae congregate openly on tree trunks. They feed on Acacia, White Stink Wood, Bush willow and a number of other trees.

This shows The Carpenter Bee approaching a flower. Together, they share an intricate relationship in which the bee benefits by feeding off the rich nectar of the flower, while the flower becomes pollinated simultaneously.

This peculiar plant, almost paper -like in texture is known as the Everlasting. This is a common species which grows abundantly within the Silvermine area.

This image was taken on entry to The Silvermine Dam. This board walk allows for lush scenery right before your eyes. All types of wildlife can be viewed here, particularly,  birds and flying insects.

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