African Emperor Caterpillar and Moth


African Emperor Caterpillars (Bunaea alcinoe) becomes an Common Emperor Moth

Who would have guessed with a little reseach, reality hits home about what you photographed and what it most probably is.

In the garden during November a couple of years ago, this catepillar crossing the lawn in my front garden.

As usual I take a number of pics to make sure I have every angle.

During the January once again in the garden I came across this Moth under the tree and looked like the end of it’s days.

Next day alas it was dead, so I picked it up to measure it.

So months later it is realised that if this catepillar is the same moth three months later, it actually died about 2 to 3 meters from where it wriggling through the grass.

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Cape Ash Tree Aerial Boardwalk


Walk into the life of a big Cape Ash Tree – Literally walk the Boardwalk Aerial wooden structure.

Cape Ash Tree

Start of the walk from the road where you park, an area you are allowed to get out (always good to keep and eye open for animals) this takes you down to the tree on the Western bank in the Isimangaliso Wetlands park.

Cape Ash Boardwalk

Different levels with view points looking out to take in the abundant nature surrounding you.

Isimangaliso Wetlands Park Western Bank

View across to the Eastern bank with the largest vegetated sand dunes. The Maphelane dune at 183 meters is the highest vegetated dune in the area.

Aerial Boardwalk Isimangaliso

The Boardwalk has been beautifully built in that it does not hurt the tree, structured around on high stilted legs about three to four meters off the ground.

Walk Around the Cape Ash

Going up to the higher level gives an idea of the foilage below and the view from every angle looking out. (Would be an amazing place to live)

Isimangaliso Wetlands Park - Cape Ash Tree

Three very short videos were meant to be included within this article… Still learning so will add the links here, they post out from dTube automatically (which I did not realize)

Aerial Boardwalk In Cape Ash Tree!/v/joanstewart/5thrv9sg

Walking The Aerial Boardwalk In Cape Ash Tree!/v/joanstewart/2y9n4i58

Crown Of The Cape Ash Tree!/v/joanstewart/pt0ponia

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Butterfly Orchid Tree


Butterfly Orchid Tree

An invasive tree in South Africa with seed pods being blown around on the wind replanting itself, tree can grow to height of six to ten meters high.

Beautiful flowers in pink, red, cream or purple, flowering in the months of August to October.

Originating out of Asia and competes with our indigenous trees, was introduced into gardens for the beauty of the tree and flowers.

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