INSECTS & SPIDERS
Magnificent insect and spider species found in St Lucia
22% of insects in South Africa occur in iSimangaliso
Recorded butterfly species
Recorded dragonfly species
Recorded spider species
Statistics may not be completely accurate, are constantly changing and are dependent on ever changing ecosystems.
Statistics are based on the whole St Lucia estuarine system located within iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
With 22% of the South African population of insects found in iSimangaliso Wetland Park, it is no surprise that insect repellent is one of the most important things to take when visiting the area. With insects like sand fleas, mosquitoes, ticks and flies, one can never be overly prepared 😉
From a different perspective, iSimangaliso Wetland Park is home to the most magnificent insect species. Insects that perform many crucial functions in the eight inter-locking ecosystems found within the park.
Insects aerate soil, pollinate blossoms, and control insect and plant pests. Many insects, especially beetles, are scavengers, feeding on dead animals and fallen trees, thereby recycling nutrients back into the soil. As decomposers, insects help create top soil, the nutrient-rich layer of soil that helps plants grow. Burrowing bugs, such as ants and beetles, dig tunnels that provide channels for water, benefiting plants. Bees, wasps, butterflies, and ants pollinate flowering plants. Finally, all insects fertilize the soil with the nutrients from their droppings.
Spiderweb (Spider species unknown)
Shining in the morning sun
SOME INSECT SPECIES FOUND IN AND AROUND ST LUCIA
Stick Grasshopper (Acrida acuminata)
Widespread in fairly long grass in open sandy habitats
Citrus Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio demodocus)
Widespread in most habitats
Giant Dung Beetle (Pachylomerus femoralis)
Found in savanna and bushveld
Red fire millipede (Centrobolus annulatus)
Found in damp, organic places such as leaves, mulch and wood chips
African Weaver Ants (Oecophylla longinoda)
Live in trees in forested areas
Hippo Fly (Tabanus biguttatus)
One of the biggest horse flies, widespread
Natal Acraea (Acraea natalica)
Found in woodland and savanna
Honey Bee (Apis mellifera scutellata)
Widely distributed throughout South Africa
St Lucia is a small town on the East coast of South Africa. Surrounded by an UNESCO World Heritage Site, this town is at the heart of magnificent natural coastal forests, wild animals, majestic bird life, breathtaking beaches and hospitable people.
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