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Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
Animals, Birds, Reptiles etc.: Animals, Birds, Fish and Crabs - Frogs - Lizards - Scorpions - Snails and Slugs - Snakes - Spiders - Tortoise, Turtles and Terrapins - Whipscorpions
Other photography: Aeroplanes - Cars and Bikes - Travel - Sunrise - Water drops/falls - Sudwala and Sterkfontein Caves etc.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Mopane Worms

On a trip through the bush I came across one which was alive with these caterpillars.
They are huge as can be seen in the picture with my hand as a measure, about 5 inches and as fat as my thumb.
The color is unmistakable and so easily recognizable.
Outbreaks of these caterpillars can cause defoliation of shrubs.
As I often find the larvae but not the moth itself, I have brought two home but this takes a long time and the moths will only emerge next summer.
For more information, please click here as this is a most interesting critter. :)

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