Insects - Beetles
Beetles not yet unidentified, feeding on the daisy flower.
Eucalypt Borer (Phoracantha recurva) body about 25mm long. Larvae bore into the wood of eucalypt trees.
Ten spotted Ground Beetle (Thermophilum decemguttatum) Going about his business......
...when he is set apon by another male defending his territory.
What to do? Roll over and submit instead of having your legs bitten off today. They prey on ground dwelling insects.
Tailed Netwinged Beetle (Lycus trabeatus) Feeds on nectar from a variety of flowers. Contains cantharadin which is distasteful to predators such as birds.
Common Metallic Longhorn (Promeces longipes) Larvae bore into Rhus stems. Adults often seen on Euphorbia mauritanica.
Common Metallic Longhorn (Promeces longipes). new 24/09/2013.
Lily Weevil (Brachycerus tauiculus) Heavily built, strongly sculptured with large pits. Ground dwelling and feed on aloes.
Glittering Jewel Beetle (Acmaeodera viridaenea) Body about 13mm long, males greenish brown with coppery sides. Females metallic green to purple. They feed on acacia petals.
Firefly (Lampyridae luciola) Male with light producing organ on the last 2 segments of the abdomen.
Female glow worm larvae (Family Lampyridae)
The larvae are predatory on snails. new 29/04/2012.
Gold-spotted Leaf Beetle (Lophyra brevicollis) Body length about 7mm. It has 12 spots on the black elytra, and resembles a ladybird.
Common Tiger Beetle (Lophyra brevicollis) Common on sandy areas near water.
Green Bacon Clerid (Exkorynetes [Coronytes] analis) Eat pollen and nectar. Also feed on animal products and carion.
Predacious Gaint Diving Beetle (Coleoptera) Their larvae are fierce predators like their parents. There are over 3500 species in the world. They carry air supplies under their wing cases. Found at Clement Park in Sept 2008.
Lunate Ladybird (Cheilomenes lunata) Adults and larvae. They are predatory on aphids.
Stripped Monkey beetle (Heterochelus
Spider Monkey Beetle (Lepithrix
Hairy Monkey Beetle (Peritrichia cinerea)
Spotted Tortoise Beetle (Conchyloctenia punctata) feeds on morning glory and fig trees.
Dune Tortoise Beetle (Aspidomorpha puncticosta) feeds mainly on the leaves of potatoe, tomato and morning glory plants.
Garden Fruit Chaffer (Pachnoda sinuata) Adults feed on flowers and fruit. Larvae are found in a cocoon - like hard mud cell in compost heaps.
Dotted Fruit Chaffer (Cyrtothyrea marginalis)
Rounded Toktokkie (Moluris psuedonitida)
Striped Toktokkie (Psammodes
Tabacco slug eggs laid on the leaf of a Cape Gooseberry.
The larva carries its excretment around on its back as a defence mechanism. On the right is one not so loaded up.
Tabacco slug beetle (Lema trilineata) feed mainly on nightshade plants, such as Cape Gooseberry (which is not indigenous to the Cape but from South America).
Spotted Blister Beetle (Cerotis capensis) adults feed on flowers of Watsonia, peas, beans.