De rerum: an acknowlegement and explanation.
INDEX: Linnaean

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Epiphora (mythimnia)

It was the middle of summer when I found this remarkably and beautifully coloured caterpillar on the forest floor of the KZN-NBG. I really didn't know what it was, but then found the identification in that remarkable site What's That Bug? Thank you Daniel Marlos. It is the White-ringed Atlas Moth. I have never seen the adult. (There are apparently three spp. of Epiphora in Southern Africa.) Its food plants include Croton sylvaticus and (as in my last few posts) Ziziphus mucronata. Both these trees are commonly found in the Gardens.

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