Observations in the Order: Lepidoptera

Common Name: Moths

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Lithacodia - Presidentrus

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Location: Olifants River Lodge
Observed: 22nd November 2015
Added: 6th February 2016
Identifications:1
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Leucinodes - Kaingu

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Location: Kaingu Safari Lodge
Observed: 1st November 2015
Added: 5th February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Caterpillar eating fig tree

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By: SusanXiSusanXi’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Welgemoed
Observed: 5th February 2016
Added: 5th February 2016
Likely ID: Asota speciosa
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:3
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Anedhella - Presidentrus

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Location: Olifants River Lodge
Observed: 22nd November 2015
Added: 4th February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
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Lonely Pillar

Lepidoptera
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Location: Vlei Loop
Observed: 24th January 2016
Added: 4th February 2016
Likely ID: Eutricha
Identifications:2
Agreements:0
Comments:4
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Anedhella - Kololo

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Location: Kololo
Observed: 12th November 2015
Added: 4th February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Kleinmond Cape lappet on seaside Searsia

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By: magrietb
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Location: Coastal footpath, Kleinmond WC
Observed: 1st February 2016
Added: 4th February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:2
Description:

12 Oct 2015:

Collected on Searsia sp along coastal reserve footpath, Kleinmond

13 Dec 2015:

Spun a tough silken cocoon among leaves of its food plant

1 Feb 2016:

Adult male emerged

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Moth with upturned tail

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By: Ricky Taylor
Crustacean AtlasSea Fish AtlasSeaKeys
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Location: Mtunzini
Observed: 3rd February 2016
Added: 4th February 2016
Identifications:2
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

Total length (snout to tip of wings) about 18 mm. Attracted to lights

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Parapoynx diminutalis, Crambidae

Crambidae, Parapoynx diminutalis - South Africa
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Location: Lower Sabie rest camp
Observed: 20th November 2015
Added: 3rd February 2016
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
Comments:2
Description:

A small Crambid that was fairly abundant this year, approximately 15mm, here are 4 examples.

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Lepidoptera caterpillar

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Location: Reynolds Street
Observed: 10th December 2015
Added: 3rd February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:2
Description:

7-10 cm long looper with bark camouflage. Lighter and darker copies. Almost completely bald. Front three pairs of legs with a few hairs and a hook. The rather large head a light yellow M or W with two bright yellow spots, symmetrically.
On the side of the head 4 small "eyes" in a row. A split, symmetrical, double tail. On the backside two nipples.
After contact an aggressive, bite like reaction.

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Lepidoptera caterpillar

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Location: Reynolds Street
Observed: 9th December 2015
Added: 3rd February 2016
Likely ID: Lepidoptera
Identifications:3
Agreements:1
Comments:1
Description:

7-10 cm long looper with bark camouflage. Lighter and darker copies. Almost completely bald. Front three pairs of legs with a few hairs and a hook. The rather large head a light yellow M or W with two bright yellow spots, symmetrically.
On the side of the head 4 small "eyes" in a row. A split, symmetrical, double tail. On the backside two nipples.
After contact an aggressive, bite like reaction.

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Lepidoptera caterpillar

Lepidoptera caterpillar DSC_5474 (2)
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Location: Reynolds Street
Observed: 9th December 2015
Added: 3rd February 2016
Likely ID: Lepidoptera
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:1
Description:

7-10 cm long looper with bark camouflage. Lighter and darker copies. Almost completely bald. Front three pairs of legs with a few hairs and a hook. The rather large head a light yellow M or W with two bright yellow spots, symmetrically.
On the side of the head 4 small "eyes" in a row. A split, symmetrical, double tail. On the backside two nipples.
After contact an aggressive, bite like reaction.

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Plutella species (Plutellidae) Diamond-back Moth

Plutella (Plutellidae) species (6)
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Location: Reynolds Street
Observed: 21st November 2015
Added: 3rd February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:0
Description:

Small, narrow, gray-blue butterfly with a wide, light longitudinal stripe on the back. Light colored, black and white, long antennae and legs. Light eyes.

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Helicoverpa species

Helicoverpa species DSC_4462 (4)
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Location: Reynolds Street
Observed: 2nd December 2015
Added: 3rd February 2016
Likely ID: Helicoverpa
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:0
Description:

Gray brown with dark spot on the edge, in the middle of the wing. Woolly hairy body. Legs gray. Antennes long, gray-brown. Dark eyes.

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Gold stripes

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By: The Bate's
Entomological Society of Southern AfricaSeaKeys
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Location: Presidentsrus light trap 1
Observed: 3rd February 2016
Added: 3rd February 2016
Identifications:2
Agreements:2
Comments:0
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Noctuidae species - Owlet Moths

Owlet Moths (Noctuidae) DSC_4493 (2)
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Location: Reynolds Street
Observed: 3rd December 2015
Added: 3rd February 2016
Identifications:2
Agreements:0
Comments:0
Description:

Dark moth with some more dark spots on the wings. Head with dark collar, trimmed with slight marks. Legs black and white. Antennes long, dark. Dark eyes.

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Moth

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Location: Presidentsrus light trap 1
Observed: 3rd February 2016
Added: 3rd February 2016
Likely ID: Saturniidae
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:0
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Oblique Chiasmia - Presidentrus

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Location: Olifants River Lodge
Observed: 1st January 1970
Added: 3rd February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Metisella metis

Metisella metis
By: Nicky vB
Botanical Society of South AfricaCustodians of Rare and Endangered WildflowersMountain Club of SA (South Cape)OutrampsSea Fish AtlasSeaKeysSeaweed AtlasSucculent Society of South Africa
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Location: Groenweide
Observed: 30th January 2016
Added: 2nd February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
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Symmetry

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Location: Presidentsrus light trap 1
Observed: 2nd February 2016
Added: 3rd February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
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Who is your tiger moth?

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Location: Kampersrus, Limpopo
Observed: 2nd February 2016
Added: 2nd February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:1
Description:

Medium sized moth, 40mm wingspan, upperside brown with distinct pale markings, one on forewing, hindwing orange. Attracted to the light at night

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Lasiocampidae larvae Lappet Moths

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By: Herman BertelerHerman Berteler’s reputation in InvertebratesHerman Berteler’s reputation in InvertebratesHerman Berteler’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Reynolds Street
Observed: 2nd December 2015
Added: 2nd February 2016
Likely ID: Lasiocampidae
Identifications:3
Agreements:1
Comments:2
Description:

Big 6-8 cm long caterpillar, looper, thick, gray in color. Bottom yellow. Along the edges brushes with long gray hair. On the front two black bands. On the back multiple rows nipple-shaped bulges. Found on leaf Agapanthus.

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Plutella xylostella Diamond-back Moth Larvae

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Location: Reynolds Street
Observed: 18th November 2015
Added: 2nd February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:0
Description:

Green looper with black spots on the body. Each black dot a long, black hair.
Feeding Melissa in flowerpot on the terrace.

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Tineidae species

Tineidae spec. P1190998 (2)
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Location: Reynolds Street
Observed: 11th December 2015
Added: 2nd February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:0
Description:

Narrow, small, brown with lots of dark brown spots and dots. Bulging eyes, dark, long antennae.

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Tineidae pellionella larve

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By: Herman BertelerHerman Berteler’s reputation in InvertebratesHerman Berteler’s reputation in InvertebratesHerman Berteler’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Reynolds Street
Observed: 16th December 2015
Added: 2nd February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:3
Description:

Flattened silken case with fore and rear openings for head and feet, home for Tinea pellionella larvae. Dark brown-black banded small larvae. On walls and clothes and upholstery, outside and inside house.

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Tarucus thespis male Fynbos Blue, Vivid Blue

Tarucus thespis male 1322 (16)
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Location: Reynolds Street
Observed: 15th December 2015
Added: 2nd February 2016
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

Small, 20–27 mm, males sky blue. Both black-and-white checkered fringe of hairs on outer wing margins. Underside of wings brownish grey with angular white and dark spots. Antennae black and white, legs light.

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Tarucus thespis Fynbos Blue, Vivid Blue

Tarucus thespis male 1322 (8)
By: Herman BertelerHerman Berteler’s reputation in InvertebratesHerman Berteler’s reputation in InvertebratesHerman Berteler’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Reynolds Street
Observed: 2nd December 2015
Added: 2nd February 2016
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

Small, 20–27 mm, males sky blue. Both black-and-white checkered fringe of hairs on outer wing margins. Underside of wings brownish grey with angular white and dark spots. Antennae black and white, legs light.

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Tarucus thespis Fynbos Blue, Vivid Blue

Tarucus thespis male 1322 (2)
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Location: Reynolds Street
Observed: 30th November 2015
Added: 2nd February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:0
Description:

Small, 20–27 mm, males sky blue. Both black-and-white checkered fringe of hairs on outer wing margins. Underside of wings brownish grey with angular white and dark spots. Antennae black and white, legs light.

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Tarucus thespis male Fynbos Blue, Vivid Blue

Tarucus thespis male 1322 (18)
By: Herman BertelerHerman Berteler’s reputation in InvertebratesHerman Berteler’s reputation in InvertebratesHerman Berteler’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Reynolds Street
Observed: 22nd November 2015
Added: 2nd February 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:3
Description:

Small, 20–27 mm, males sky blue. Both black-and-white checkered fringe of hairs on outer wing margins. Underside of wings brownish grey with angular white and dark spots. Antennae black and white, legs light.

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Maybe a Bag Worm

Bag Worm DSC_2209 (2)
By: Herman BertelerHerman Berteler’s reputation in InvertebratesHerman Berteler’s reputation in InvertebratesHerman Berteler’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: Reynolds Street
Observed: 22nd November 2015
Added: 2nd February 2016
Identifications:2
Agreements:0
Comments:0
Description:

Ca. 5-8 mm, in potplant Melissa

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