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Also called Armour plated grasshopper?
Looks like it is wearing armour?


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Yep SC 15 year old spiders - mindboggling!!!

This is my fun way to learn and share the experience with someone.

ImageJonty spot on first in again and Freda - you are both correct

ID me and my common name?
Green milkweed locust. (Phymateus viridipes)
Armor plated grasshopper
Why is that my common name?
Commonly found anong Milkweed
Because of my looks :clap:

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Ok next try

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Who am I ?
What am I doing?
What is the difference between male & female?
Where would you not find me?

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Who am I ?
Bushveld rain frog
What am I doing?
It is inflating its body with air. Probably a result of fear or anger.
What is the difference between male & female?
The males look identical to the females, however, they have dark brown throats.
Where would you not find me?
In the Cape region.

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Image Jonty

You really are a winner !!!

Who am I ?
Bushveld rain frog
What am I doing?
It is inflating its body with air. In reaction to fear or anger.
What is the difference between male & female?
The males look identical to the females, however, they have dark brown throats.
Where would you not find me?
I avoid high-rainfall escarpment slopes and plateaux.

You were spot on once again.

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1. ID me
2. What to I do to catch food.
3. Describe my nocturnal behaviour

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Bark spider.

They spin a classical orb web.

They are active at night, spinning the web, and catching their prey. At dawn they take down the web, and remain motionless during the day, trusting their camouflage to protect them.
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Yep Image Imberbe

1. ID me
Bark Spider
2. What to I do to catch food.
They build large orb shaped webs with close spirals between trees
3. Describe my nocturnal behaviour
They wait in the centre of the web to immediately retrieve any trapped prey where they immobilise it before the web is damaged.At first light the web is removed and one main anchor strand is left for rebuilding the web the following evening.

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1. ID me
2. Habitat-what area's do I prefer
3. Venom ?
4. What makes me special?

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Rock Scorpion

Found in the Northern and Western areas of Southern Africa. Prefers rocky areas where available. Nocturnal.

Yes, it has venom but poses no threat to humans, and the sting is hardly felt. Its sting is very small in relation to its pincers. That is an indication that it relies on its pincers rather than its poison to capture prey. A smaller sting holds less poison.

Its personality! :wink: The female carries the young on her back for the first two weeks.

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Yep Image IMBERBE again.!!!

1. ID me
Hadogenes troglodytes common nameOften known as South African Rock Scorpion or The Flat Rock Scorpion.
2. Habitat-what area's do I prefer
They all essentially occur in drier, bushveld areas that recieve less than about 600mm mean annual rainfall. They are restricted to areas with a type of rock that will split to form cracks for them to live in. This includes sandstone and granite. They seem to prefer living at the bottoms of hills rather than higher up.
3. Venom ?
This species has a mild venom. It will rarely sting, and usually defends it self by using the powerful claws. LD50 values are reported between 1800-2667 mg/kg. Claws are used for defense, and can be very painful to be caught by.
4. What makes me special?
They catch many different prey types as most scorpion, but is quite special because they are reported to prey on terresttial molluscs.

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1) What species/family is this?
2) What is our function?
3) When am I most active

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:hmz: Difficult one!

Let me try:

1. A type of Hover fly (Family Syrphidae)?

2. It feeds on pollen and nectar, thus their function would probably be pollination.

3. In bright sunlight?

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Image You did it again IMBERBE - well done :clap:

1) What species/family is this?
Family Syrphidae (hoverflies)
2) What is our function?
They are important polinators - the larvae of many
species act as effective predators of aphids and other
insects. Other syrphid larvae feed on a wide range of
dead organic matter and act as decomposers. As such
they make the minerals in the dead organisms available
for the living plants again.
3) When am I most active
Most active in the morning and afternoon when the sun
is shining - avoiding noon when temp is to high and they
might overheat.

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1. ID me
2. Is the above specimen adult or juvenile - why?
3. How has this creature adapted to ensure optimal
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