Feeling hungry …. ?

Below is a pic of a Pine Emperor moth larva which was photographed at the Potter’s Pass Nature Reserve this past weekend. In other parts of South Africa a different species of the the same genus is known as ‘mopane worm’and is consumed in great quantities.

This catepillar utilises pine trees as its host plant, but feeds on a variety of other plants such as Protea, gum and the colourful Watsonia. Illustrated is the brightly marked larva of the Pine Emperor (Imbrasia cytherea) feeding off a Watsonia pillansii leaf.

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