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Mopane Worm

Gonimbrasia belina


A large caterpillar with sharp-looking but soft and flexible spines along it's back. A mixture of colors, with different variations among a "colony", some having more red than others, but always with pale grey-blue and yellow as well.


Prefers Mopane trees grouped together or in a forest (to eat) (hence it's name), but (as at our home) will also live on Burkea trees (*I*Burkea africanus*I*).


An edible caterpillar, considered a delicacy in some parts of Africa and is a source of protein for many impoverished people.

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Musina Local Municipality, Limpopo, South Africa

Spotted on Mar 21, 2014
Submitted on May 10, 2014

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