Have you ever seen those strange looking caterpillars with tiny white "spikes" on its back? We have often been asked if caterpillars carry eggs on their back, and this time we decided to ask a butterfly expert for more information. Steve Woodhall, master Lepidopterist, regularly helps us at Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery to answer questions on anything butterfly or caterpillar related. Here is what he said about this strange creature. The white egg-like things on the hairy caterpillar (which is probably a Tricolored Tiger Moth, Rhodogastria amasis) are Braconid wasp cocoons.
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"Wildlife plays a vital role in securing a healthy environment, whether it’s insects, birds, or mammals. With more humans encroaching on the planet than ever before, it’s so important now to make sure that each one of us does our part to preserve the wildlife in our environment and our communities. A healthy wildlife population ensures healthier plants, cleaner air, and a better balance in nature overall. If you appreciate nature and want to encourage more wildlife activity in your own backyard, there are several things you can do to attract animals and insects alike. Read on for some helpful tips you can use to preserve and promote healthy wildlife right where you live." Lorena Romo
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The real Riverine Rabbit would not be found in nature, on forest floors, with plenty of compost, mulch and Plectranthus ciliatus as our Random Harvest Bunny was pictured in the nursery. It in fact has a very specific area that it occurs in – only along rivers in Nama and Succulent Karoo areas, in the Central and Small Karoo. In other parts of the country, you will find hares, which are related to the Riverine Rabbit.
Acacia siberiana var. woodii - The Paperbark Thorn has been called the quintessential African tree. It is one of the many South African Indigenous tree species that has grown to full and magnificent proportions at Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery - please ask our staff to show you these beautiful trees. Its spreading, flat-topped crown presents a mass of white pom-pom florets which give off an amazing scent to a whole variety of insect pollinators.
Patches or swathes of longer indigenous grasses or grass-like species not only look beautiful in the garden, but are important for garden wildlife. They provide food, a place to rest, hide or move undetected, and provide nesting material for some birds and small mammals
Sunbirds are important pollinators in the garden. Plant these Indigenous Nectar plants for Sunbirds to attract them to the garden and provide food these beautiful little jewels of the garden.
Freelance ecologist Tania Anderson designs ecological gardens. She designed and planted the vertical garden at House Miller in Parktown North, Johannesburg. This green wall garden is entirely south facing. The plants were chosen by the designer with input from the client to suit the shady aspect and attract insects and birds.
Watching garden birds in your own back yard can be very rewarding, particularly if you landscape your garden to include an open area to attract birds and other garden wildlife.
Bird enthusiasts are always looking for ways to attract birds to the garden. One can do this by creating an Exclusion zone made up of South African Indigenous Plants. Birds will be attracted to a garden that provides for their needs, but will stay for longer if they feel safe and not vulnerable.
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