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Larry Bezark
Member Rosenbergia

USA
1782 Posts

Posted - 30/05/2017 :  23:09:18  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Hi Guys,

I have a chance to take a trip to South Africa in December.
Even though the trip is geared to butterfly collectors, there is a spot for me if I desire.

Can any tell me if these areas would be good for cerambycids?

The areas are: Winterberg, Katberg, Hogsback, Port St. Johns and Mbotyi.

My first impression, based on photos in the brochure and internet, is that these spots do not seem to be in forested areas, mostly grass and shrubby vegetation.

As I have to commit a substantial down payment next week,
I would like some input from our members.

Thanks,

Larry B.

Pierre-Olivier Maquart
Member Rosalia

United Kingdom
734 Posts

Posted - 31/05/2017 :  12:25:55  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Hi Larry,

I don't know Mbotyi, but it's on the wild coast, and it's a very nice region. In this area (and around Port St Johns) you can find Cacosceles and Zelogenes.


Regarding Hogsback, I went there a few times. it's an amazing place (it inspired J.R.R. Tolkien while he was writting the Lord of the Ring ) with a very peculiar vegetation (afromontaneous forest) with a high endemicity rate.
It is very damped, and you can even find velvet worms under logs


I've added some pictures of the place so you could have an idea.


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Larry Bezark
Member Rosenbergia

USA
1782 Posts

Posted - 31/05/2017 :  17:16:21  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
This is very helpful Pierre-Olivier.

Thank you for your quick reply,

Larry B.
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Riana
Member Purpuricenus

South Africa
303 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2017 :  13:18:00  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Hi Larry, Do agree with Pierre, Don't know Winterberg, but all the other areas are great Cerambycid sites.
We are also planning to be in PSJ or surroundings during Dec - Jan specifically looking for some of the endemics:
Goephanes, Neodiadelia minuta, Nonyma strigata, Ramularius brunneus, Sybropraonetha.
If the weather plays along, you should have a fantastic trip.
Best Regards
Riana

Edited by - Riana on 01/06/2017 13:19:17
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Larry Bezark
Member Rosenbergia

USA
1782 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2017 :  17:40:47  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Thank you Riana, that information is great to hear, I have really been worried about these areas.

After hearing from you and Pierre-Olivier, I have decided to take the trip and see what happens.

Best regards,

Larry B.
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Jaguarito
Member Demonax

France
85 Posts

Posted - 28/01/2018 :  22:01:23  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Larry, what prevented the trip from having a lighted sheet ? I was interested into joining such an experience, but if it proved disorganized or against applicable law, I would renounce without regret.
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Larry Bezark
Member Rosenbergia

USA
1782 Posts

Posted - 29/01/2018 :  00:13:29  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Michel, it was simply the weather.

It was too cold to run a light.

We did run a light from the house in Bedford for three nights and got some things, Delocheilus, Hypoeschrus, Taurotagus.

But the remainder of the trip much too cold at night.

We did have permits to collect, I never go anywhere without them.

The trip was very well organized, and run by a tour/bicycle trekking company out of Joberg.

Larry B.

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Jaguarito
Member Demonax

France
85 Posts

Posted - 05/02/2018 :  15:34:10  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Thanks for your kind answer, Larry.
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