Summertide Butterfly Rambles 20 January 2021 — de Wets Wild

The trail to the kuMfazana Hide here on the eastern shores of Lake St. Lucia, in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, passes through a stretch of swamp forest that is positively bursting with butterflies, like this Novice (Amauris ochlea). Novice (Amauris ochlea) Novice (Amauris ochlea)

Summertide Rambles 20 January 2021 — de Wets Wild

CABI research on desert locusts helps safeguard the food crops of millions — The Invasives Blog

In 2019-2020, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), around 20 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda faced acute food insecurity due to swarms of desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria). In Kenya, the outbreak represented the worst locust crisis in 70 years; by its peak, the country was tackling over……

CABI research on desert locusts helps safeguard the food crops of millions — The Invasives Blog

Thick-billed Weaver — de Wets Wild

Amblyospiza albifrons During the breeding season, which extends through spring and summer, Thick-billed Weavers can be found near and in marshes and other wetlands with rank grass and reedbeds, but they roam more widely at other times and are then found from forest edges to suburban parks and gardens. They use their strong bills (ask […]

Thick-billed Weaver — de Wets Wild

In 2020, AP photographers captured a world in distress — THE OLD GUV LEGENDS

Swarms of desert locusts fly into the air from crops in Katitika village in Kenya’s Kitui county on Jan. 24, 2020. In the worst outbreak in a quarter-century, hundreds of millions of the insects swarmed into Kenya from Somalia and Ethiopia, destroying farmland and threatening an already vulnerable region. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) Source: In 2020, […]

In 2020, AP photographers captured a world in distress — THE OLD GUV LEGENDS

Brown Hyena — de Wets Wild

Parahyaena brunnea Brown Hyenas are found in a wide selection of habitats, occurring from moist mountain grasslands to desert coastlines (earning them their old Afrikaans name “Strandwolf”, translating as “Beach Wolf”). They’re often found near rocky hills, these providing shelter in the form of dense vegetation and caves, but where this isn’t available they will […]

Brown Hyena — de Wets Wild

Forest Beauty — de Wets Wild

Paralethe dendrophilus The Forest Beauty or Forest Pride is, as its name suggests, a beautiful butterfly inhabiting temperate coastal and mountain forests in eastern South Africa, from the Eastern Cape to the escarpment of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. It is a shy butterfly that flies low and fast and hides in the shade, usually against a […]

Forest Beauty — de Wets Wild

Brown-crowned Tchagra — de Wets Wild

Tchagra australis An adaptable member of the shrike family, the Brown-crowned Tchagra occurs in a wide range of savanna and woodland associations where it forages mainly low to the ground in the undergrowth. It feeds primarily on insects and other invertebrates and only very occasionally on small reptiles. Brown-crowned Tchagras form monogamous pairs with the […]

Brown-crowned Tchagra — de Wets Wild