The ultimate defence

As a defence mechanism, many butterflies are poisonous. Other butterflies mimic their poisonous cousins to warn off predators. By Justin Bode When a poisonous butterfly is bitten, the toxins released stimulate a vomiting reflex in the predator that results in … Read More

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In search of the …caterpillar

The full life cycle of South Africa’s more than 10 000 species of Lepidoptera remains mysterious, even in the age of Google. Citizen scientists have a big role to play, writes  Justin Bode. It may surprise you to learn that we … Read More

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Not just about flufftails

Dr Kyle Lloyd, Rockjumper Fellow of White-winged Flufftail Conservation, says that his research project about these mysterious birds hopes to help preserve the endangered wetlands which they and the rest of creation relies. By James van den Heever Dr Lloyd … Read More

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Don’t miss the Marsh Mountain Blue

This lovely little butterfly is easy to miss, but it’s well worth keeping an eye out for it in the vlei areas of Verloren Valei. By Justin Bode Harpendyreus noquasa, Marsh Mountain Blue, Moeras-bergbloutjie, as the names suggest, is a … Read More

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Serradinga clarki amissivallis spreads its wings

Formerly thought only to occur at Verloren Valei, it now seems as though this butterfly is more widely dispersed. Serradinga clarki amissivallis, previously known as Clark’s Lost Widow and now renamed the Verloren Valei Bronze Speckled Widow, was previously thought … Read More

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