SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #12 – CRITTERS OF THE VELD

Overview

Welcome to the twelve edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this edition, we will be looking at some of the critters found in the veld. There are some awesome creatures to be found at Shakati if you look closely.

When you look closely at the Veld there is an abundance of life to be seen, and if you really look closely you can see some weird and wonderful creatures. Some of them includes: Moths, Reptiles, Beetles, Dragonflies and Frogs.

Moths

“Like a moth to a Flame” is the age old saying, and it is actually true. When the lights go on at night look out for these spectacularly beautiful creatures, and look very closely, because your will be amazed at their beauty.

Photos Jane and Steen Damgaard

Photographs: Johan Fourie

Reptiles

There is a multitude of small and large reptiles to be found, for example the Chameleon and Bloukop Koggelmander. When you are out in the veld and see something scurrying around then look more closely and quickly as these critters of the Veld move extremely fast, or as in the case of the Chameleon: Now you see me Now you don’t

Photo Jane and Steen Damgaard

Photographs: Johan Fourie

Beetles

Beetles are the tanks of the natural world, and even so in the case of the Dung Beetle. When the Dung Beetle comes past it definitely sounds like a Boeing 747 coming past. Thus switch off your car in a remote area on Shakati and just listen to the beautiful song of the Veld.

Beetle -Rhino

Photo Jane and Steen Damgaard

Photographs: Johan Fourie

Dragonflies

One of the aria wonders next to the river is Dragonflies. When you look closely you can see the spectacular colouring of dragonflies, their massive eyes and extremely fragile wings.

Photographs: Johan Fourie

Frogs

There are many species of frogs found on Shakati, and not all of them are found near water. Some of the most spectacular frogs can be found below the lights, as the frogs catch some of the moths which are attracted to light, so watch out where you step

Frog

Photo Jane and Steen Damgaard

Frog (1)

Photographs: Johan Fourie

Conclusion

Do not race through the bush and hope to see something, but rather take your time and spot the little things in the veld. There are many more amazing critters to be seen in the veld, so take your time and enjoy all the wonders which the veld can give to you!

See you next time!

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