Moths

We are not aware of a definitive list of moths for the Waterberg and the species listed below are probably a fraction of what occurs in the area. These are the species that have been thus far photographed and identified in the Waterberg and they can be viewed by clicking on the species name. As can be seen, relatively few have English or Afrikaans names and the scientific names, which essentially follow the most recent SANBI Lepidoptera checklist for South Africa, differ in instances from other African moth checklists. Given the state of regional moth taxonomy, further changes can be expected. Contributions to this list, especially photographs of new species and their larvae, are welcomed. Recently added: ArctiidaeCrambidae Sphingidae & other family collages

For a quick overview of the largest families, ArctiidaeCrambidaeGeometridaeNoctuidae SaturnidaeSphingidaeOther families you can see a composite of each by clicking on the required family name.

List of Moths photographed in the Waterberg
Adelidae Ceromitia sp 
     
Arctiidae Amata cerbera  Heady Maiden
  Amerila bauri  Baur's Frother
  Eilema colon
  Eilema elegans ssp elegans  Elegant Footman
  Eilema similipuncta  Twin-Buttoned Footman
  Estigmene linea  Streaked Ermine
  Ilemodes astriga  Buttered Footman
  Lepista pandula
  Leucaloa eugraphica  Graphic Ermine
  Saenura flava 
  Siccia caffra  Speckled Grey Footman
  Sozusa scutellata
  Spilosoma lineatum
  Spilosoma lutescens
  Utetheisa pulchella  Crimson-speckled Footman
     
Calpinae Calesia xanthognatha ssp xanthognatha 
     
Cossidae Azygophleps inclusa  Inclusive Goat Moth
  Azygophleps leopardina Leopard Moth
     
Crambidae Bocchoris inspersalis  Dotted Sable
  Cirrhochrist grabczewskyi  
  Crocidolomia pavonana  Cabbage Moth
  Culladia achroella  Colourless Grass Moth
  Culladia inconspicuellus 
  Diaphania indica  Cucumber Moth
  Duponchelia fovealis  European Pepper Moth
  Dysallacta negatalis  Denied Glyphodes
  Ischnurges (was Stenocora ) lancinalis  Lanced Pearl
  Nausinoe geometralis  Measured Pearl
  Palpita vitrealis  Jasmine Moth
  Parotis baldersalis  Verdant Pearl
  Spoladea recurvalis  Banded Sable
  Synclera traducalis  Variegated Pearl
  Terastia margaritis  Pearl-spotted Porphyry
  Uresiphita gilvata  Yellow Under Pearl
  Uresiphita polygonalis
     
Eriocottidae Compsoctena aedifica  Pale Baglet
  Compsoctena cf brachyctenis  Old World Spiny-winged Moth
     
Ethmiidae Ethmia sabiella  
     
Eupterotidae Eupterotidae sp Monkey Moth sp
  Jana tantalis  Plume Monkey Moth
  Phyllalia patens  Clay Monkey
  Stenoglene obtusus  Obtuse Monkey
  Stenoglene roseus  Wrenched Monkey
  Striphnopteryx edulis
     
Geometridae Allochrostes biornata  Ornate Emerald
  Ascotis reciprocaria
  Coenina dentataria
  Chiasmia brongusaria ssp brongusaria Variable Peacock
  Chiasmia observata
  Chlorissa attenuata
  Chloroclystis grisea
  Chloroclystis muscosa Lobed Shell
  Cleora nigrisparsalis  Feathered Grey
  Comostolopsis stillata  Pink Laced Emerald
  Conolophia conscitaria
  Discomiosis crescentifera
  Drepanogynis cambogiaria  Camboge Thorn
  Ectropis-sp 
  Erastria sp
  Isturgia catalaunaria
  Isturgia deerraria
  Ligdia batesii  Bates Carpet
  Mimoclystia pudicata pudicata
  Mixocera frustratoria
  Omphax plantaria  Smooth Emerald
  Petovia marginata  Clouded Orange
  Plateoplia acrobelia   
  Prasinocyma sp  
  Rhodometra sacraria  Vestal
  Scopula bisinuata  Fawn Wave
  Scopula nigrinotata
  Scopula straminea
  Scopula vestalis
  Terpnostola ardescens  Pink and Yellow Thorn
  Victoria fuscithorax  Victoria Emerald
  Xylopteryx arcuata
  Xylopteryx prasinaria
  Zamarada transvisaria
     
Hepalidae Hepialid sp Ghost Moth
  Eudalaca cretata
     
Herminiidae Simplicia extinctalis
     
Hyblaeidae Hyblaea puera  Teak Leaf Roller
     
Lasiocampidae Lasiocampidae sp African Silk Moth
  Sena prompta
     
Limacodinae Afrobirthama flaccidia  Flaccid Slug
     
Lymantriidae Euproctis bicolor  Bicoloured Euproctis
  Knappetra fasciata
  Palasea albimacula  White-barred Gypsy
  Polymona rufifemur  Red-tailed Gypsy
     
Metarbelidae Lebedodes rufithorax  
  Salagena obsolescens   
     
Noctuidae Acantholipes trimeni  Trimen's Knob
  Achaea catella  Banded Achaea
  Achaea echo  Echo Owlet Moth
  Achaea lienardi   Lienard's Achaea
  Acontia discoidea
  Acontia ectorrida
  Acontia natalensis  Natal droplet
  Acontia nubilata
  Acontia tetragonisa
  Acontia transfigurata
  Acontia wahlbergi  Wahlberg's Droplet
  Acronicta transvalica
  Agamana (=Parafodina) pentagonalis  
  Agoma trimenii  Trimen's False Tiger
  Agrotis biconicus  Dark Cutworm
  Agrotis ipsilon  Black Cutworm
  Agrotis  sp
  Agrotis spiniferus  Gregson's Dart
  Amyna axis  Small White Point
  Amyna punctum  White Point
  Anedhella rectiradiata  Straight Rayed Gothic
  Anoba disjuncta
  Anomis flava  Orange Cotton Moth (Cotton Looper)
  Anomis sabulifera  Brown Cotton Moth
  Antiophlebia bracteata  Pearl-spangled Moth
  Arcyophora longivalvis  Cattle-eye Moth
  Argyrogramma signata
  Asota speciosa   Specious Tiger
  Athetis leuconephra  
  Attatha barlowi 
  Baniana arvorum  Field Drab
  Bareia incidens  Squinting Tabby
  Barrama impinctata  
  Blenina sp Lichen Moth sp
  Blenina squamifera  Lichen Square
  Brevipecten cornutus
  Brithys crini  Lily-Leaf Borer
  Callopistria lattreilli  
  Callopistria yerburii   Yerbur's Tangle
  Cerocala vermiculosa  Vermiculous
  Chrysodeixis acuta  Silver-U (Tomato Semi-looper)
  Crypsotidia sp    
  Cometaster pyrula  Faint Owl
  Cornutiplusia circumflexa  Circumflex
  Cortyta canescens  Wavy Shades
  Cryphia fulvifusa
  Cryphia leucomelaena
  Cucullia consimilis  Similar Shark
  Cucullia hutchinsoni  Hutchison's Shark
  Cucullia inaequalis
  Cyligramma latona Cream-striped Owl
  Diaphone eumela  Cherryspot Moth
  Digama meridionalis  Meridian
  Digama ostentata  Ostentatious
  Dysgonia angularis  Angular Jigsaw
  Dysgonia properans
  Dysgonia torrida  Jigsaw
  Earias insulana  Insular Bollworm
  Erebus walkeri  Walker's Owl
  Eublemma anachoresis  The Banner
  Eublemma baccalix  Lined Eublemma
  Eublemma gayneri  
  Eublemma ornatula 
  Eublemma seminivea  
  Eutelia callichroma  Colourful Turntail
  Grammodes congenita Congenital Lines
  Grammodes stolida  Stolid Lines
  Helicoverpa armigera  Scarce bordered straw
  Heraclia superba  Superb False Tiger
  Heteropalpia cortytoides
  Hypena cf laceratilis
  Hypena strigatus   Streaked Snout
  Hypocala deflorata  Variable Yellow
  Hypocala plumicornis
  Hypocala rostrata
  Hypopyra capensis  Redtail
  Leucania loreyi  False Army Worm
  Lophotavia globulipes
  Marathyssa albidisca
  Maurilia arcuata
  Metachrostis decora decora
  Mythimna tincta tincta
  Neaxestis rhoda  Red Flag
  Ophiusa dianiris  Grey Drab
  Ophiusa tirhaca  Green Drab
  Oruza latifera  Milky Banded Moth
  Ozarba bipartita  
  Ozarba corniculans  Angle-line Ozarba
  Ozarba heliastis
  Ozarba hemiochra
  Pandesma robusta  Robust Tabby
  Parafodina pentagonalis 
  Pericyma atrifusa  Lined Shades
  Pericyma mendax  Brown Shades
  Phytometra subflavalis
  Plecoptera annexa
  Plecopterodes moderata  Moderate Drab
  Polydesma boarmoides
  Polydesma umbricola  Large Tabby
  Prionofrontia strigata
  Pseudozarba opella
  Rhanidophora ridens  Domino Moth
  Schausia coryndoni  Coryndon's Tiger
  Serrodes partita  Catapault Moth
  Sphingomorpha chlorea  Sundowner Moth  Tamatiesous-mot
  Spodoptera littoralis  Tomato Worm
  Taviodes subjecta  Subjected Tabby
  Thysanoplusia orichalcea  Slender Burnished Brass
  Trichoplusia orichalcea  Golden Plusia
  Tycomarptes inferior  
  Ulotrichopus primulinus  Primrose Underwing
  Xanthodes albago  Cream Drab
     
Nolidae Nola sp  
  Neaxestis rhoda  Red Flag
  Westermannia roseitincta  Rosy Cloud
     
Notondontidae Afroplitis sulaki  
  Amyops ingens  Giant Prominant
  Anaphe sp Processionary Caterpillar sp
  Anaphe reticulata  Reticulated Bagnest
  Desmeocraera  sp
  Hampsonita esmeralda  Esmeralda's Kitten
  Sarimarais bicolor  Bicoloured Prominen
     
Plutelidae Plutella xylostei  Diamond-back Moth
     
Pterophoridae Cosmoclostis brachybela sp Plume Moth
  Pterophorus sp Plume Moth
  Stenodacma wahlbergi  Orange Plume Moth
     
Pyralidae Bostra albilineata  White Lined Bostra
  Bostra dipectinalis  Combed Bostra
  Endotricha  sp
  Lamoria planalis
  Loryma basalis   Basal Pyrale
  Stemmatophora chloralis
     
Saturnidae Argema mimosae   African Lunar Moth
  Aurivillius fuscus  Cats-eye Emperor
  Bunaea alcinoe  Common Emperor
  Cinabra hyperbius  Banded Emperor
  Epiphora mythymnia  White-ringed Atlas
  Gynanisa maja  Speckled Emperor
  Heniocha marnois  Marbled Emperor Marmer-pouoogmot
  Imbrasia belina  Anomalous Emperor (Mopane Moth)
  Imbrasia forda  Pallid Emperor
  Rohaniella pygmaea  Pygmy Emperor
     
Sphingidae Acherontia atropos  Death's-head Hawk
  Afroclanis calcareus  Ruby Polyptychus
  Agrius convolvuli ssp convolvuli  Convolvulus Hawk
  Basiothia medea  Small Verdant Hawk
  Cephonodes hylas  Oriental Bee-Hawk
  Coelonia fulvinotata  Fulvous Hawk
  Daphnis nerii  Oleander Hawk
  Hippotion celerio  Silver Striped Hawk
  Hippotion eson  Common Striped Hawk
  Hyles livornica  Striped Hawk
  Lophostethus dumolinii  Arrow Sphinx
  Macroglossum trochilus  African Hummingbird Hawk
  Macropoliana natalensis  Natal Sphinx
  Nephele comma  Comma Nephele
  Polyptychoides grayii  Gray's Polyptychus
  Pseudoclanis postica  Mulberry Hawk
  Rufoclanis numosae  Wavy Polyptychus
  Theretra capensis  Cape Hawk
     
Thryetidae Automolis sp Matron
  Thyretes caffra  Bar Maiden
     
Thyrididae Arniocera auriguttata  Gold-spotted Burnet
  Arniocera erythropyga  Grid-fire Burnet
     
Tineidae Tinea sp Clothes Moth

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