This morning on the Common I spotted this Lunate Ladybird (Cheilomenes lunata) sweeping a daisy bush for aphids. (Other beetles you might find on the Common.)
There were also several Spotted Blister Beetles (Ceroctis capensis) on the Fonteinbos or Bloukeur bushes (Psoralea pinnata). These beetles belong to the family Meloidae many of which secrete a poison, cantharadin, which may blister human skin, and if eaten, prove fatal!
Meadowridge Common is an officially designated Conservation Area.
More about the Common
What is Cape Flats Sand Fynbos?
Cape Flats Sand Fynbos has characteristic fynbos families such as proteas, ericas, restios (reeds), buchus, daisies and geophytes (bulbs). It is mainly short-to-medium height shrubs interspersed with restios.
It occurs on acid sand.
Less than 1.2% of Cape Flats Sand Fynbos remains in the Cape lowlands.
Click here for more on Cape Flats Sand Fynbos.
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A kukumakranka on the Common. Photo: Fiona Watson.
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Meadowridge Common in City of Cape Town Nature Reserves booklet
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