Here are some of the photographs taken at Witkoppen Wildflower Nursery and the property, Lesokeng, which is the nursery’s home, during February 2021.
A wasp, Belenogaster dubia, looking for food on Bulbine frutescens flowers. This is the same species of paper wasps that nest in our office.
A fledgling Tawny-flanked Prinia.
The patterns of the leaves of Ceropegia linearis woodii, String-of-hearts, against a retaining wall in our garden.
Pavonia senegalensis is often confused with Hibiscus calyphyllus. Both occur in Gauteng.
A female Pea Blue on a plant of one of the Crotularia, rattlepod, species. She lays her eggs on the young seed pods and the larvae will burrow into the pod and eat the seeds.
Certainly one of South African’s least liked birds, the Common Mynas. They do however remain handsome birds.
Bauhinia tomentosa, Yellow Bauhinia or Geelbeesklou, has beautiful yellow flowers but also attractive butterfly-shaped leaves.
Mishka, the newest Hepplewhite family member, already showing an interest in things horticultal.
A new Ladybird species, for us, still to be identified.
© Malcolm Dee Hepplewhite & Witkoppen Wildflower Nursery, (Text and Photographs) 2021.