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insects

Garden Bug

Could anyone ID this bug,it is being cared for by ants so it could be an aphid of some sort? JennyE

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garden tree

The case of the black moss

A couple of years back I planted a fever tree outside our gate.  The tree never really took off.  It didn’t die or look sickly, it just never seemed to grow.  I put it down to the fact that the soil I had planted it in was this terrible, sandy, red earth and decided to give it some time to come right.

However, earlier this year, I noticed a black moss growing on the trunk and branches of the tree and thought I better do something about it.  First I Googled black moss but didn’t come up with anything useful.  Then I went to take a closer look at the tree and noticed hundreds of small, black ants moving up and down the tree trunk.  Could the ‘black moss’ actually be the ants footprints, I wondered?

After a bit more Googling, I found something that surprised me.  Both the ants and black moss were indicator species, pointing to the real culprit, aphids.  I went back to inspect the tree for a third time and lo and behold, there in the leaves, were hundreds of tiny aphids.

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insects

Who’s been eating my Halleria?

We got three Halleria Lucida plants at the plant fair last spring. Two are doing swimmingly, while the third seems to have been infected with a fungi, or eggs laid by little miggies… Have a look and compare the two pictures. Do you know what those little miggies are? The Halleria infected by them is sadly on its way out and I have no idea what to do about it.

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indigenous insects

Accidental Bee Photography

I was taking a photograph of a Wild Garlic (tulbaghia violacea or isihaqa) flower this morning and a bee flew into the shot as I took the photograph. Pretty cool.

Accidental bee photography.
Accidental bee photography.
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insects

Swarm of Dragonflies

There is a swarm of dragonflies (I would estimate 20 to 30) currently living in my garden.  They are most probably there because of an abundance of food – they eat other smaller insect such as aphids and flies, so I ain’t complaining.  Plus, they are pretty cool to watch darting about the place and seem to have taken a liking to a jasmine vine I have growing in my courtyard.

Has anyone experienced something similar?  Is it a common occurrence?

Dragonfly fact – they belong to an ancient insect group called the Odonata, one  of the first flying creatures on earth.

Dragonfly (close-up)
Dragonfly (close-up)

Dragonflies on the jasmine vine.
Dragonflies on the jasmine