A reader from South Africa sent us a photo of a caterpillar and asked us to provide the name. A simple request and we are happy to oblige!
The featured caterpillar is white, black, green, and orange striped with a black head. This is a Mopani caterpillar, also sometimes called a mopane worm. They are the larval form of the Imbrasia belina moth. They are found in South Africa and are in fact an important protein source for the indigenous people. Maybe our reader ate this creature and is now curious about what it is!
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To sum up, a reader discovered a Mopani caterpillar, which is also sometimes referred to as a mopane worm.
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