06 December 2010

Regulars Doing The Rounds

Things are going a bit slow on the Western slope of Tygerberg and I've been busy with other things, the result of which is fewer blog posts...

I think it might have been a while since I last posted images of two of the regulars that almost always pop up here in Cape Town.

Porcupine (Ystervark - Hystrix africaeaustralis) heading going down hill

Small Grey Mongoose (Kleingrysmuishond - Galerella pulverulenta) sneaking along

I couple of weeks ago I stumbled into this grasshopper.

Koppie Foam Grasshopper (Rooibaadjie - Dictyophorus spumans) chillin' on a twig

This grasshopper species is known to extract and store heart poisons (cardiac glycosides) from the milkweeds it eats. It can produce a yellow foam containing the poison when disturbed.


  1. They may be regulars, but they're solid shots for sure. Well done.

    And you gotta love finding a cool orthop. Good day.

  2. Thanks for starting this blog! I teach biology in the USA and will be able to use your blog in my class when we talk about animal behavior as well as technological aspects of biology research!

    Much appreciated!