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Order: Lepidoptera >

Caterpillars (the larvae of moths and butterflies)

A small selection of caterpillars are shown below, mainly common ones that you are likely to encounter.

Unidentified limacodid larva

Family: Limacodidae

Unidentified limacodid larva photographed in West Coast Strandveld.


Family: Lasiocampidae

These larvae often are found clumped on trunks and large branches of trees.

Imbrasia cytherea (Pine tree emperor)

Family: Saturniidae

Larva feeding on Watsonia leaf in fynbos.

Theretra capensis (Common striped hawk moth)

Family: Sphingidae

Larva, often found on vines.

Papilio demodocus (Citrus swallowtail)

Family: Papilionidae

Larva can be found on citrus trees.

Aeropetes tulbaghia

Family: Nymphalidae

Acraea horta (Garden acraea)

Family: Nymphalidae

Larva feed on leaves of the Kiggelaria africana (Wild peach).