Male African Migrant

African Migrant

Imagine a million or more butterflies undergoing a migration in South Africa. Well, the African Migrant (Catopsilia florella) does that at times. They occur...
Mountain Wheatear or Chat

Mountain Wheatear

The Mountain Wheatear is also known as the Mountain Chat. It is a bird that is widely distributed across South Africa although it tends...
Male Chinspot Batis

Chinspot Batis

If you are ever in the bushveld or woodland and you hear a plaintive call that sounds like “three blind mice” then you are...
Common Coral Tree

Common Coral Tree

If you have a garden with enough space to have a Common Coral Tree, then I must admit that I am very envious of...
Crassula streyi

Crassula streyi – Pondo Cliff Crassula

The Pondo Cliff Crassula (Crassula streyi) is a beautiful succulent that is ideal for growing indoors. If you can find one at your favourite...
Bronze Mannikin

Bronze Mannikins are regular garden visitors

The Bronze Mannikin is a well-known and much-loved garden bird in the eastern regions of South Africa. It has also established itself in Gauteng...
Fiscal Flycatcher

Fiscal Flycatcher

Many people are familiar with the Fiscal Shrike but not as many are familiar with the Fiscal Flycatcher and may even confuse the two....
Band-eyed Drone Fly

Hoverflies

Hoverflies are a group of flies that mimic bees and wasps. They tend to have yellow and black stripes. There are over 200 species...
Pleasant Hornet

Pleasant Hornet

This beautiful insect is known as a Pleasant Hornet, and it is actually a species of moth. The scientific name for it is Euchromia...
Male Village Weaver

Village Weaver

Gardeners in the Eastern Cape, KZN, Mpumalanga and Limpopo should be very familiar with the Village Weaver, previously known as the Spotted-backed Weaver. These...