The Committee decided to combine the October 2011 monthly meeting at Dave and Sue’s house Klein Perle. The plan was to do some Atlasing for the SABAP2 project, as a number of pentads in the area are underdone. Felicity swung us all into action and sent us off on 29th October Saturday morning in different directions with maps and co ordinates. On Sunday morning 30th October a repeat, but with more pentads to cover. We ended the weekend doing 11 pentads between us. Felicity will be completing her 339 pentad on submitting her counts this week. Those of us who could make it were Felicity Ellmore, Shaun Overmeyer and Isabella Hayden, Clifford and Suretha Dorse and Gavin Lawson. Unfortunately Frank Wygold and Doug Harebottle could not be there.
Then we also fitted in some botany and scouting for reptiles on the property.
On Sunday after we were back from birding, Sue decided we should go and have a look at the flowers. With the help of the experts in the group, we went looking for some orchids and other species. The fynbos is spectacular after a recent fire, some rain and cooler conditions.
The photos give one an idea of what we saw, and there was plenty more too.
There were masses of these Pseudoselago spuria. There were plenty of ground orchids Disa hallackii. A ground cover leucadendron Leucospermum pedunculatum.
A flightless female Rain Locust sitting on Felicity’s hand.
Protea Mimetes cucullatus. Toothbrush fern Schizaea pectinata…..more ground orchids Disa hallackii in amoungst the toothbrushes.
Lachnaea densiflora. Silverspotted Bladder Grasshopper. A Pine Emperor caterpillar. There were a number of these lady birds feasting on aphids on a particular shrub with Cocktail Ants. A Hawk moth caterpillar.
Orchid Corycium sp. Painted Lady Gladiolis debilis. An Erica capitata. A beauty Disa Purpurascens.
A Moraea fugax. See the green locust instar in the center of the Berzelia abrotanoides.
Cone flower shrub Berzelia abrotanoides with Monkey Beetles helping to pollinate the flowers.
Lobelia chamaepitys cf. CMR Beetle devouring the flower of Aristea bakeri. Wow !!! ….Disa cornuta.