יולי 24, 2022

Life list updated with June hikes

547 species on the Cape Pensinsula - surely I can find just 3 more!

Blog post with June hikes.
https://eefalsebay.blogspot.com/2022/07/june-hikes-to-elsies-peak-myburghkloof.html

פורסם ב יולי 24, 2022 02:19 אחה"צ על־ידי dianastuder dianastuder | תצפית 1 | תגובה 1 | הוספת תגובה

יוני 16, 2022

500 species observed on the Cape Peninsula

Going to take me a long, long time to achieve the other half of my first K! But 4,700 to choose from.
Restricted to plants it is 426 seen vs 2,700 waiting.

Trying to photograph an ordinary Crassula capensis, I caught saxifraga instead. More of a mountain species, but come down to my level.

I wonder what inspired an early botanist to see 'saxifrage'?

פורסם ב יוני 16, 2022 01:39 אחה"צ על־ידי dianastuder dianastuder | תצפית 1 | 2 תגובות | הוספת תגובה

מאי 27, 2022

Elephant's Eye on False Bay

I have a new project for the biodiversity in my garden. Some inherited exotic commonorgarden, my fynbos additions, with volunteer plants, small life and birds.

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/elephant-s-eye-on-false-bay
57 species (and 70 including the broader higher leaf taxa)

פורסם ב מאי 27, 2022 11:06 לפנה"צ על־ידי dianastuder dianastuder | 3 תגובות | הוספת תגובה

אפריל 06, 2022

Cape Town spiders

At Kirstenbosch I found this spider. Nicely visible against the sky.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/106856930
https://eefalsebay.blogspot.com/2022/03/february-disa-hikes-silvermine-kirstenbosch-slangkop.html

End of March I got hooked into
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/spiders-of-cape-town

Working up from my Southern subspecies Trichonephila fenestrata fenestrata to the subfamily Nephilinae.

6 April - Argiope
8-10 April - Synema

10 April

  • Thomisus (stays at genus)
  • Oxytate argenteooculata = silver eyes
  • Peucetia viridis - African green lynx spider

11 April - Thomisidae

Neoscona?

From Tony Rebelo about subspecies -

There is always a subspecies and variety with the same name: the nominotypical form.
It is dormant (and ignored) unless a second or more subspecies and varieties is described: these will differ from the nominotypical in some way.
But because subspecies are geographically distinct (almost by definition: in plants varieties can subdivide habitat by geology and be distinct, but subspecies cannot overlap by definition (otherwise they are different gene pool (if not they would just hybridise and merge) and therefore not a subspecies, but separate species) it is quite often that only one occurs in most of southern Africa, so we need only worry about one: the others can be in eastern, western or northern Africa, or the lowveld, or whatever, and therefore we (in Cape Town) can totally disregard them.

From Wynand Uys for Synema marlothii -
S. marlothi is said to be ^not a very common species^ but the description and photograph really match this ob well. Especially: ^Carapace is fawn with U-shaped darker brown around edge.^ as opposed to S. imitator: ^Carapace is dark green.^

פורסם ב אפריל 06, 2022 01:06 אחה"צ על־ידי dianastuder dianastuder | 0 תגובות | הוספת תגובה

ינואר 22, 2022

Life list updated with September hikes

Another four hikes
371 species
320 plants

These hikes
https://eefalsebay.blogspot.com/2021/10/slangkop-and-olifantsbos-in-september.html

פורסם ב ינואר 22, 2022 08:25 אחה"צ על־ידי dianastuder dianastuder | 0 תגובות | הוספת תגובה

דצמבר 09, 2021

Life list updated with November Hikes

Four more hikes.
276 species
231 plants

Come, hike with me, among our wildflowers
https://eefalsebay.blogspot.com/2021/12/steenberg-elsies-peak-noordhoek-gifkommetjie-november.html

פורסם ב דצמבר 09, 2021 07:42 אחה"צ על־ידי dianastuder dianastuder | 0 תגובות | הוספת תגובה

נובמבר 20, 2021

Life list updated with October hikes

200 species ! with 4,800 unobserved.

162 plant species - 2,900 to go.

And a new blog post https://eefalsebay.blogspot.com/2021/11/october-hikes-in-pink-and-sky-blue.html

Inspired by botaneek's life list on iNat with over 7 thousand species.

I was using iNat for problem children and LOOK what we found! 160 species on my life list. Methodically adding from these October Fynbos Rambles has brought me to 200 Cape Peninsula species. Distant target keep adding (new) month by (old) month towards his almost 500 here? Or cmerry's almost a thousand. And Tony Rebelo with 3K!

פורסם ב נובמבר 20, 2021 08:08 אחה"צ על־ידי dianastuder dianastuder | 0 תגובות | הוספת תגובה

נובמבר 16, 2021

Life List for Cape Peninsula

I had used iNat to record either
Wow look what we found this week?
or
Can anyone tell me which species this is ... or ... or ?

Since that makes my life list only around 150, I will go back month by month, hike by hike - and will fill my gaps with the good pictures (which dutifully show the field marks)

Starting from 158 species (4849 unobserved)

120 plants and 2944 unobserved plant species for my Cape Peninsula.

פורסם ב נובמבר 16, 2021 10:06 לפנה"צ על־ידי dianastuder dianastuder | 2 תצפיות | 0 תגובות | הוספת תגובה

נובמבר 12, 2021

Great Southern Bioblitz

IDing for this - and reviewing many thousands more - has eaten the last 2 weeks of my life!

but - it did inspire a blog post for the Most Observed LOOK At Me ten species

https://eefalsebay.blogspot.com/2021/11/great-southern-bioblitz-october-2021-cape-town.html

פורסם ב נובמבר 12, 2021 01:41 אחה"צ על־ידי dianastuder dianastuder | 2 תגובות | הוספת תגובה

מאי 15, 2021

email subscribers to my blog

If you are reading my blog as a feed to your email

In July you will no longer be able to read via email.

Alternatives are my Facebook blog page.

Or a Reader, I use Feedly.

I will delete my email subscribers, in batches from the earliest, over the next weeks - since I prefer opt-in options. If you are a blogger - if you are monetised, or need your email list to contact clients, there are paid options like Mailchimp?

https://eefalsebay.blogspot.com/2021/05/april-hikes-city-nature-challenge-email-subscribers.html

פורסם ב מאי 15, 2021 01:24 אחה"צ על־ידי dianastuder dianastuder | 0 תגובות | הוספת תגובה