Ant Lion

Name: Ant Lion
Classification:
Place first seen: Pomene, Mozambique
Date spotted: January 2012
Description:

We first saw them near mangroves at Pomene. They’re really funny and look like they’re walking backwards. They live in perfect cone holes, ants fall in and can’t get out and get eaten by the ant lion.
Photo: Lisa

Bee, social

Name: Bee, social
Classification:
Place first seen: Morongulo, Mozambique
Date spotted: January 2012
Description:

We went off on a mission to find some new animals for our field guide – it was surprisingly easy. Thank you insects!

Shongololo, Africanus Majesticus

Name: Shongololo, Africanus Majesticus
Classification:
Place first seen: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Date spotted: January 2012
Description:

Millipedes. Curl up when you touch them. They squirt poo on you at the beginning when you handle them. Some say the poo is poisonous.

Beetle, Blister

Name: Beetle, Blister
Classification:
Place first seen: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Date spotted: January 2012
Description:

Quite beautifully camouflaged on a rainy leaf.

Stink bug

Name: Stink bug
Classification:
Place first seen: Kroonstad, 2 hrs north of Bloemfontein, South Africa
Date spotted: January 2012
Description:

Huge horn on front. Looks weird.

Butterfly, yellow pansy

Name: Butterfly, yellow pansy
Classification:
Place first seen: Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Zimbabwe
Date spotted: February 2012
Description:

Bee, Carpenter

Name: Bee, Carpenter
Classification:
Place first seen: Abbotsleigh Rd. swimming pool, Cape Town, South Africa
Date spotted: January 2012
Description:

Rescued from grandparents’ swimming pool

Beetle, Dung

Name: Beetle, Dung
Classification:
Place first seen: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Date spotted: January 2012
Description:

Dung Beetles lay their eggs in dung. They roll the dung along the ground. They then bury the dung ball. When the larvae hatch, they eat the dung as nutrition for a few weeks.

Ground Beetle

Name: Ground Beetle
Classification:
Place first seen: Nieu Bethesda, Karoo, Cape, South Africa
Date spotted: 12 January 2012
Description:

Quick as a wink, but slower than a flying Tupperware.

Cricket

Name: Cricket
Classification:
Place first seen: Nieu bethesda, Karoo, Cape, South Africa
Date spotted: 12 January 2012
Description:

Bea is quick at catching crickets. (Try saying it fast, again and again…!)

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