Light pollution from street lamps linked to insect loss — Natural History Wanderings

The BBC reports Scientists say light pollution may be contributing to “worrying” declines in insects seen in recent decades. In a UK study, artificial street lights were found to disrupt the behaviour of nocturnal moths, reducing caterpillars numbers by half. Modern LED streetlights appeared to have the biggest impact. There is growing evidence that insect […]

Light pollution from street lamps linked to insect loss — Natural History Wanderings

Ticks carrying Lyme found near beaches in California — Natural History Wanderings

The Washington Post reports Disease-carrying ticks, commonly associated with wooded areas, are also abundant near beaches in Northern California, according to a study. They weren’t found on beaches themselves, but in the brush and vegetation beachgoers may walk through to get to the sand. Rea full article at Ticks carrying Lyme found near beaches in California […]

Ticks carrying Lyme found near beaches in California — Natural History Wanderings

Novice Butterfly — de Wets Wild

Amauris ochlea The Novice is a foul-tasting butterfly that flies slowly and settles often on flowers and wilting plants. It inhabits forests and dense woodlands and the edges of these. Adults have a wingspan of 7cm and are on the wing throughout the year. In South Africa it is common along the Kwazulu-Natal coast and […]

Novice Butterfly — de Wets Wild

The Flying Handkerchief / Mocker Swallowtail Butterfly, South Africa — de Wets Wild

Papilio dardanus Not only is the Mocker Swallowtail one of the biggest and most beautiful butterflies to be found in South Africa, but it can also be one of the most confusing! The males, also known as Flying Handkerchiefs, boast extravagantly shaped wings with striking black and cream-white markings, while the females are excellent at […]

The Flying Handkerchief / Mocker Swallowtail Butterfly — de Wets Wild

Western Monarch Population Closer to Extinction as the Wait Continues for Monarchs’ Protection Under the Endangered Species Act  — Natural History Wanderings

Xerces Society News Release During the 24th Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count, nearly 100 volunteers donned their masks and practiced social distancing to carefully survey groves of trees on the California and Northern Baja coast for monarch butterflies. Despite the challenges of conducting field work during a pandemic, volunteers surveyed 246 sites, three more sites than […]

Western Monarch Population Closer to Extinction as the Wait Continues for Monarchs’ Protection Under the Endangered Species Act  — Natural History Wanderings

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

Matabele Ants — de Wets Wild

Megaponera analis Matabele Ants take their name from the Ndebele-people of South Africa and Zimbabwe. Historically known as the Matabeles and led by their fearsome chief Mzilikazi, they broke away from Shaka‘s Zulu-kingdom in the early 1800’s, warring their way through most of northern South Africa with spectacular results. Matabele Ants are widely distributed over […]

Matabele Ants — de Wets Wild

African Migrant Butterfly — de Wets Wild

Catopsilia florella The African Migrant is one of the most widespread butterflies occurring in South Africa and can be found in every corner of the country in an extensive variety of habitats, reaching their highest densities in savanna areas. Adults are on the wing throughout the year. This species is well known for its migrating […]

African Migrant — de Wets Wild

Common Diadem — de Wets Wild

Hypolimnas misippus The Common Diadem is a large butterfly with a wingspan of 6 to 8cm. The males are distinctive with a velvety black and blue sheen and striking white blotches to the top of their wings, while the females are excellent mimics of the notoriously foul-tasting African Monarch, which supposedly aids in evading predators. […]

Common Diadem — de Wets Wild

Wahlberg’s Bush Cricket — de Wets Wild

Clonia wahlbergii I wish I was brave enough to put one of these insects on my hand and show you just how gigantic they are. But I am not… And my fear isn’t entirely irrational as these katydids, whose bodies measure up to 7cm without including any appendages in the calculation, are reported to have […]

Wahlberg’s Bush Cricket — de Wets Wild