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Archive for November, 2010

A previous outing to Strandfontein was in search of Barber’s Ranger Kedestes barberae bunta. (Post here). The larva of another ranger, the Unique Ranger Kedestes lenis lenis, uses the same grass – Cottonwool Grass Imperata cylindrica to feed:

This ranger begins flying a month alter in October. This week I grabbed a few hours to see if I could find and photograph this butterfly. As it turned out, there were a lot of specimens active which was great to see.

There were a few other butterfly species active also: Common Opal Chrysoritis thysbe, Silver Arrowhead Phasis thero, and another new species for me, the Silver-bottom Brown Pseudeonympha magus:

I found some Monkey Beetles for my friend Len:

This mantid was eating a bug:

It has been a while since I’ve seen a Cape Chameleon Bradypodium pumilum but I was fortunate to find this gorgeous specimen:

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Yesterday I ditched work and an office full of marking headed out to Shaw’s Pass and Riviersonderend with Len. We had some success though didn’t find all that we were looking for.
At Shaw’s Pass we found numerous Aranda CoppersĀ Aloides aranda:

We also found a few specimens of what I think is Robertson’s Blue Lepidochrysops robertsoni. A small group of what I think were males were hilltopping around a small rocky outcrop. They did not pause or rest and were impossible to photograph. I found another specimen which I think was a female & I followed her for some time for this not so great photo:

I also found this wonderfully camouflaged grasshopper. It is most likely a Betiscoides sp. and is superbly camouflaged on the restio stem:

There were other animals about also, including this colourful Southern Rock Agama Agama atra. This is a male in breeding colouration:

We then headed north to Riviersonderend where we had been told there was a spot for the Almeida Copper Aloides almeida.

These were quite common on an overgrown track in the hillside fynbos. They were even more variable than the Aranda Coppers we found earlier:

 

Len is collecting monkey Beetles and we managed to find a few including this very pale species which is as yet unidentified. It was unusual in that all specimens were found clinging to the outside of these white paper daisies. usually monkey beetles are found feeding on pollen in the centre of flowers.

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