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Paardevlei Wetland Black, Smelly Mud

Paardevlei Wetland Black, Smelly Mud

While netting for frog and insects, there was the BIG question – “Why black and why the smell?”

When dead organic material settles to the bottom and it loses the dissolved oxygen around it. It turns black and smelly (anoxic / anerobic). Marshes and mudflats are …

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Paardevlei wetlands in Somerset West, near Cape Town

Paardevlei wetlands in Somerset West, near Cape Town

The Eco-Rangers were able to visit the beautiful Paardevlei wetland in Somerset West. The children were all very excited by a change in venue and of course we could not wait to see all the flamingo’s.

With hats on and nets at the ready, we all headed to …

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Hiking at Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve

Hiking at Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve

On arrival the clouds were rolling over Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve and falling down into the Franschhoek valley. So much for a warm and sunny day hike as predicted! It was freezing and we could see only a short distance in front of us. Some of …

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Black scorpion (Opisthacanthus capensis)

Black scorpion (Opisthacanthus capensis)

Scorpions are tough and adaptable, handling very extreme temperatures. They normally live under rocks or in burrows and tend to be very secretive. Scorpions naturally will hide away from predators such as meerkats, frogs, lizards, and in particular, baboons, which find them excellent crunchy food.

A Scorpion has …

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Crab Spider – Thomisidae

Crab Spider – Thomisidae

A stunning little pink crab spider eating a cabbage moth. The pink crab spider is from the Thomisidae family, likely a flower crab spider in the genus Thomisus, of which there are at least 15 to choose from.

What an amazing example of camouflage as this …

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