Biodiversity

MOTHS

In the Waterberg we have a huge diversity of moths, all shapes and sizes and going by such exotic names as Twin-buttoned Footman (see the banner – second down on LHS of banner), Cream-striped Owl (top LHS), Heady Maiden (second row, 3 in from LHS), Lunar Moth (big green job with streamers), Cats-eye Emperor (the big yellow one) and one everyone in the Waterberg knows – the Sundowner Moth (bottom RHS). The full moth record can be seen by clicking on the banner below.

BEETLES

Waterberg beetles are also growing apace and we’ve attached a banner of a couple of the hundreds of species we have. Unfortunately most don’t have common names but when you get down on your hands and knees to look closely at them, some of them are amazing! The full record of beetles in the Waterberg can be seen by clicking on the banner below.

WILDFLOWERS

The wild flower collection is also growing, now with nearly 500 species photographed in the Waterberg, and the website offers people the means to identify a good number of the species to be found in the Waterberg. The wildflower banner below can be used to access the list.

BUTTERFLIES

Currently (July 2019) some 206 species of butterflies have been recorded in the Waterberg and a further ten may occur but confirmation of this is required. A spreadsheet of their names can be downloaded here and a PDF that illustrates all the species, both male and female, from above and below, can be downloaded here.

SMALL MAMMALS

At this link is a list of mammal species occurring in the Waterberg. A spreadsheet of these can be downloaded here.

SPIDERS

There are many misconceptions about spiders. They are, however, remarkable and interesting creatures and, importantly, mostly harmless to humans. They play a very important role in nature and in the agricultural environment, a fact of which many of us are unaware.

TREES

Download tree list here. Those that have been photographed in the Waterberg are marked below by  and these can be viewed by clicking on the species name – additions to this photographic collection are welcomed. Waterberg target species (red-listed and/or endemic) are highlighted in red.

Waterbirds & Groundbirds

At this link is the list of bird species reliably recorded in the Waterberg is listed below and these can be downloaded as a spreadsheet here. Those that have been photographed in the Waterberg are marked below by    and these can be viewed by clicking on the species name – additions to this photographic collection are welcomed. Waterberg target species (red-listed and/or endemic) are highlighted in red.