Achyra nudalis Cirrhochrista grabczewskyi Diaphania indica Parotis baldersalis Afromurzinia lutescens Amata cerbera Cometaster Pyrula Cyana pretoriae Cyligramma latona Ozarba hemiochra Agamana pentagonalis Plecopterodes moderata Zobida similipuncta Chiasmia subcurvaria Coenina dentataria Nassinia pretoria Parapluda invitabilis Agoma trimenii Earias biplaga Westermannia roseitincta Bostra dipectinalis Argema mimosae Aurivillius fuscus Imbrasia forda Nephele comma Cephonodes hylas Daphnis nerii Arniocera erythropyga Arniocera auriguttata Digama meridionalis Heraclia superba Sphingomorpha chlorea Grammodes stolida Dysgonia properans Terastia margaritis Cucullia inaequalis Comostolopsis stillata

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 As can be seen, relatively few have English or Afrikaans names and the scientific names follow an unpublished species list (January 2020) for South Africa compiled by Herman Staude. Two invaluable references for African moths are AfroMoths and African Moths. Contributions to this list, especially photographs of new species and their larvae, are welcomed.

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

List of Moths photographed in the Waterberg
FAIRY MOTHS  Adelidae Ceromitia mioclina  
  Ceromitia sp 
     
MANY-PLUMED MOTHS  Alucitidae Alucita spicifera 
     
METALMARK MOTHS  Choreutidae Tebenna micalis  Vagrant Twitcher
     
CARPENTERWORM MOTHS  Cossidae Azygophleps inclusa  Inclusive Goat Moth
  Azygophleps leopardina Leopard Moth
  Brachylia terebroides  
  Coryphodema tristis  Sad Goat
  Salagena tessellata  
     
GRASS / SNOUT MOTHS  Crambidae Achyra coelatalis 
  Achyra nudalis  
  Ancylolomia chrysograpellus  Angled Grass Moth
  Angustalius malacellus  
  Autocharis albiplaga  
  Autocharis jacobsalis   
Bocchoris inspersalis   Dotted Sable
  Chilo  sp 
  Cirrhochrista grabczewskyi  Goldlace Ivory
  Classeya argyrodonta  Dark Silver Toothed
  Crocidolomia pavonana  Cabbage Moth
  Culladia achroella  Colourless Grass Moth
  Culladia inconspicuellus 
  Diaphania indica   Cucumber Moth  Komkommer vreter
  Duponchelia fovealis  spp fovealis  European Pepper Moth
  Dysallacta negatalis  Denied Glyphodes
  Epascestria euprepialis  
  Euchromius discopis  
  Euchromius nigrobasalis  
  Glyphodes amphipeda  
  Haritalodes derogata  Cotton Leaf Roller
  Herpetogramma basilis    
  Herpetogramma mutualis  
  Herpetogramma phaeopteralis  Dusky Herpetogramma Moth
  Ischnurges lancinalis  Lanced Pearl
  Lamprophaia ablactalis  Pearl Grey
  Nausinoe geometralis  Measured Pearl  Pêrel mot
  Noorda blitealis    
  Palpita vitrealis  Jasmine Moth  Jasmyn snuiter
  Parotis baldersalis  Verdant Pearl  Groen pêrelmot
  Parapoynx diminutalis  Hydrilla Leafcutter Moth
  Parapoynx fluctuosalis  Fluctuating China Mark
  Pardomima distortana    
  Phostria bistigmalis  
  Pseudonoorda rubricostalis  Red Edged Pearl
  Spoladea recurvalis  Banded Sable
  Synclera traducalis  Variegated Pearl
  Tegostoma  sp 
  Terastia margaritis  Pearl-spotted Porphyry
  Uresiphita gilvata  Yellow Under Pearl 
  Uresiphita polygonalis
     
GRASSMINER MOTHS  Elachistidae Ethmia circumdatella  Ringed Lesser-Ermine
  Ethmia coscineutis  Dotted Lesser-Ermine
  Ethmia sabiella  
     
Erebidae Acantholipes trimeni  Trimen's Knob
UNDERWING, TIGER, TUSSOCK and ALLIED MOTHS Achaea catella  Banded Achaea
  Achaea dasybasis  
  Achaea echo  Echo Owlet Moth
  Achaea lienardi   Lienard's Achaea
  Aconzarba  (was Eustrotia decissima
  Aedia squamosa  Scaly Alchemyst
  Afromurzinia lutescens  Translucent Ermine
  Amata cerbera  Heady Maiden
  Amerila bauri  Baur's Frother
  Anoba disjuncta
  Anomis flava  Orange Cotton Moth (Cotton Looper)
  Anomis sabulifera  Brown Cotton Moth, Angled Gem
  Antiophlebia bracteata  Pearl-spangled Moth
  Apisa canescens  Greyling
  Arsina vausema  
  Asinusca atricornis  Devil's Maiden
  Asota speciosa   Specious Tiger
  Attatha barlowi  
  Attatha superba  
  Audea melanoplaga  
  Baniana arvorum  Field Drab  
  Bareia incidens  Squinting Tabby
  Bracharoa quadripunctata  Twin vapourer
  Calesia xanthognatha  
  Cerocala vermiculosa  Vermiculous
  Cometaster pyrula  Faint Owl
  Corgatha porphyrana  
  Cortyta canescens  Wavy Shades  
  Crypsotidia bibrachiata 
  Crypsotidia inquirenda  
  Ctenusa marginifera
  Cyana pretoriae  Pretoria Red Lines   
  Cyligramma latona Cream-striped Owl Gestreepte uiltjie
  Dasychira extatura  
  Digama meridionalis  Meridian
  Digama ostentata  Ostentatious Digama
  Dysgonia angularis  Angular Jigsaw
  Dysgonia properans
  Dysgonia torrida  Jigsaw
  Egnasia vicaria  
  Enargeiosia elegans  Elegant Footman  
  Erebus walkeri  Walker's Owl
  Eublemma baccatrix  Lined Eublemma
  Eublemma bolinia  
  Eublemma caffrorum  The Banner
  Eublemma costimacula 
  Eublemma ecthaemata   
  Eublemma foedosa  
  Eublemma gayneri  
  Eublemma nigrivitta  
  Eublemma ornatula  
  Eublemma parva  Small Marbled
  Eublemma seminivea  
  Eublemma apicimacula  Chocolate-Tip Eublemma
  Euproctis bicolor  Bicoloured Euproctis
  Exophyla multistriata  
  Grammodes congenita  Congenital Lines  
  Grammodes stolida  Stolid Lines
  Heteropalpia cortytoides
  Hypena laceratilis  Lantana Defoliator
  Hypena obacerralis  
  Hypena obsitalis  Bloxworth snout
  Hypena strigatus   Streaked Snout
  Hypena varialis  
  Hypocala deflorata  Variable Yellow
  Hypocala plumicornis  
  Hypocala rostrata
  Hypopyra capensis  Red Tail  Rooistertjie
  Ilemodes astriga  Buttered Footman  
  Knappetra fasciata  Banded Euproctis
  Lacipa nobilis  Noble Lacipa
  Laelia nigripulverea  
  Lamprolopha rolandi 
  Lepista pandula
  Leucaloa eugraphica  Graphic Ermine
  Lithacodia caffristis
  Logunovium (was Spilosomascortillum  Singed-Ermine
  Lophotavia globulipes
  Metachrostis decora
  Metachrostis rubripuncta
  Metachrostis snelleni
  Metarctia burra  Matron
  Metarctia lateritia  Laterite Maiden
  Mocis mutuaria  Cloven Hoof
  Nodaria nodosalis   
  Ophiusa dianaris  Grey Drab
  Ophiusa selenaris  
  Ophiusa tirhaca  Green Drab
  Oruza latifera  Milky Banded
  Ozarba bipartita  
  Ozarba corniculans  Angle-line Ozarba
  Ozarba heliastis
  Ozarba hemiochra
  Ozarba hemipolia
  Ozarba jansei
  Ozarba nicotrai
  Ozarba semipurpurea
  Ozarba varia
  Pandesma robusta  Robust Tabby
  Paracroria griseocincta  
  Paracroria  sp 
  Parafodina pentagonalis  
  Paralacydes arborifera  Branched Ermine
  Pericyma atrifusa  Lined Shades  Gestreepte vaaljapie  
  Pericyma mendax  Brown Shades  Vaaljapie
  Pericyma scandulata 
  Phytometra fragilis  
  Phytometra opsiphora
  Phytometra subflavalis
  Plecoptera annexa
  Plecoptera resistens  
  Plecoptera sarcistis
  Plecopterodes moderata  Moderate Drab  
  Polydesma boarmoides
  Polydesma umbricola  Large Tabby
  Polymona rufifemur  ssp rufifemur  Red-tailed Gypsy
  Popoudina linea  Streaked Ermine
  Prionofrontia erygidia
  Prionofrontia strigata
  Pseudozarba cupreofascia
  Pseudozarba opella
  Pusiola cinerella
  Rhanidophora ridens  Domino Moth
  Rhesala moestalis  
  Rhynchina antistropha  
  Rhynchina coniodes  
  Saenura flava  
  Secusio strigata  Orange Tiger 
  Serrodes partita  Catapault Moth
  Siccia caffra  Speckled Grey Footman
  Simplicia extinctalis
  Sozusa scutellata
  Sphingomorpha chlorea  Sundowner Moth  Tamatiesous-mot
  Tachosa brunnescens
  Tachosa fumata  
  Taviodes subjecta  Subjected Tabby
  Tegiapa larentiodes  
  Teracotona submacula  Robust Tiger
  Thiacidas khomasana  
  Thyas arcifera 
  Thyretes caffra  Bar Maiden 
  Trogocraspis durbanica    
  Ulotrichopus primulinus  Primrose Underwing
  Ulotrichopus tinctipennis  
  Utetheisa pulchella  Crimson-speckled Footman
  Zekelita  (was Rhynchinapoecilopa
  Zobida colon
  Zobida similipuncta  Twin-Buttoned Footman  
     
OLD WORLD SPINY-WINGED MOTHS  Eriocottidae Compsoctena aedifica  Pale Baglet
  Compsoctena brachyctenis   
     
GRASSMINER MOTHS  Elachistidae Ethmia sabiella  
     
MONKEY MOTHS  Eupterotidae Himijana subrosea   
Jana tantalis  Plume Monkey Moth
  Janomima mariana 
  Phyllalia patens  Clay Monkey
  Stenoglene obtusa  Obtuse Monkey
  Stenoglene roseus  Wrenched Monkey
  Striphnopteryx edulis  Edible Monkey
  Tantaliana tantalus  King Monkey
     
EUTELLID MOTHS  Euteliidae Eutelia adulatrix  
  Eutelia callichroma  Colourful Turntail
  Eutelia catephioides  
  Marathyssa albidisca
     
TWIRLER MOTHS  Gelechiidae Stegasta variana  
     
GEOMETER MOTHS  Geometridae Acollesis fraudulenta  
  Allochrostes biornata  Ornate Emerald
  Allochrostes impunctata  
  Argyrophora trofonia  Diamond Stud Streak
  Ascotis reciprocaria
  Barrama impunctata  
  Cabera aquaemontana 
  Cabera elatina 
  Cabera strigata 
  Chiasmia amarata   
  Chiasmia brongusaria ssp brongusaria  Variable Peacock  Brons pronker
  Chiasmia grimmia    
  Chiasmia maculosa    
  Chiasmia subcurvaria  Triple Striped Peacock  Drieband pronker
  Chiasmia turbulentata
  Chiasmia umbrata
  Chlorissa attenuata
  Chloroclystis grisea
  Chloroclystis muscosa  Lobed Shell  Skulpie
  Cleora nigrisparsalis  Feathered Grey
  Coenina dentataria
  Comostolopsis stillata  spp stillata  Pink Laced Emerald
  Conolophia conscitaria ssp conscitaria  Partaker
  Discomiosis crescentifera
  Drepanogynis cambogiaria  Camboge Thorn Doringrosie
  Drepanogynis tripartita   
  Ectropis-sp 
  Erastria madecassaria  ssp natalensis  Variable Scallop
  Eulycia grisea  ssp grisea
  Heterostegane auranticollis
  Hypomecis complacita
  Hypomecis ectropodes
  Idaea fumilinea
  Idaea squamulata
  Idaea torrida
  Isturgia catalaunaria
  Isturgia deerraria
  Ligdia batesii  Bates Carpet
  Menophra obtusata  Pale Waved Umber
  Menophra serrataria  
  Mimoclystia pudicata pudicata  Many Lined Carpet
  Mimoclystia undulosata  Carpet Moth sp
  Mixocera frustratoria
  Nassinia pretoria
  Neromia impostura
  Omizodes complanata  
  Omphalucha albosignata  
  Omphalucha indeflexa  
  Omphax leucocraspeda  
  Omphax plantaria  Smooth Emerald
  Orbamia octomaculata   Four-spot Brindle
  Pasiphila lita  
  Petovia marginata  ssp marginata  Clouded Orange
  Pingasa abyssiniaria  Duster
  Plateoplia acrobelia   
  Prasinocyma vermicularia   
  Rhodometra sacraria  Vestal
  Scopula caesaria  ssp caesaria
  Scopula natalica  Natal Wave
  Scopula nigrinotata
  Scopula penultima
  Scopula sincera  Sincere Wave
  Scopula sinnaria ssp bisinuata  Fawn Wave
  Scopula straminea
  Somatina figurata  ssp figurata
  Somatina vestalis
  Terpnostola ardescens  Pink and Yellow Thorn
  Traminda ocillata  Pinhole Emerald  
  Victoria fuscithorax  Victoria Emerald
  Xanthorhoe exorista
  Xylopteryx arcuata
  Xylopteryx prasinaria
  Zamarada transvisaria
  Zamarada vulpina 
  Zeuctoboarmia cataimena
  Zeuctoboarmia hyrax
  Zeuctoboarmia sabinei
     
LEAFBLOTCH MINER MOTHS  Gracillariidae Phyllonorycter sp
     
SWIFT / GHOST MOTHS  Hepialidae Hepialid sp Ghost Moth
  Eudalaca ammon
  Eudalaca cretata
  Eudalaca homoterma   
  Eudalaca leucophaea
     
TEAK MOTHS  Hyblaeidae Hyblaea puera  Teak Leaf Roller
     
TROPICAL BURNET MOTHS  Lacturidae Gymnogramma pyrozancla  
     
LAPPET MOTHS  Lasiocampidae Anadias apunctifascia  Chestnut Eggarlet
  Bombycopsis metallica 
  Eucraera gemmata  Budded Lappet
  Gonometa postica  Dark Chopper
  Haplopacha cinerea  
  Lasiocampidae sp African Silk Moth
  Metajana marshalli  Marshall's Lappet
  Rhinobombyx cuneata  Zizzag Eggarlet 
  Sena donaldsoni  ssp marshalli  Donaldson's Eggarlet
  Sena prompta  Interjection
  Streblote jansei  
  Strebote polydora  
  Trichopisthia igneotincta  
     
SLUG CATERPILLAR MOTHS  Limacodidae Afrobirthama flaccidia  Flaccid Slug
  Ectropa ancilis    
  Ectropa-ancilis Latoia latistriga  Plum Slug
  Parapluda invitabilis    
     
TUSSOCK MOTHS  Lymantriidae Palasea albimacula  White-barred Gypsy
     
CARPENTER / GOAT MOTHS  Metarbelidae Lebedodes rufithorax  
  Salagena obsolescens   
  Salagena tessellata  
     
OWLET MOTHS  Noctuidae Acontia citripennis
  Acontia conifrons
  Acontia discoidea
  Acontia ectorrida
  Acontia insocia  Unsociable Birdling
  Acontia natalis
  Acontia nubilata
  Acontia tanzaniae hampsoniana
  Acontia tetragonisa
  Acontia transfigurata
    Acontia trimaculata  Threebar Droplet
  Acontia wahlbergi  Wahlberg's Droplet
  Acontiola heliastis
  Acrapex aenigma
  Acrapex festiva
  Acronicta verbenata
  Agoma trimenii  Trimen's False Tiger
  Agrotis biconica  Dark Cutworm
  Agrotis denticulosus  
  Agrotis ipsilon  Black Cutworm
  Agrotis  sp
  Agrotis spinifera  Gregson's Dart
  Amyna axis  Small White Point
  Amyna punctum  White Point
  Amyna stricta  Eight-spot Moth
  Anedhella rectiradiata  Straight Rayed Gothic
  Argyrogramma signata
  Ariathisa abyssinis
  Athetis albirena
  Athetis ignava
  Athetis leuconephra  
  Athetis satellitia  
  Auchenisa hampsoni 
  Brephos festiva  Festive Tiger
  Brevipecten cornuta
  Brithys crini  Lily-Leaf Borer Clivia vyand
  Callixena viettei  
  Callopistria lattreillei  Latreille's Fern Moth
  Callopistria yerburii   Yerbur's Tangle
  Caradrina atriluna  
  Chasmina tibialis   Snow White
  Chrysodeixis acuta  Silver-U (Tomato Semi-looper)
  Condica capensis  The African
  Cornutiplusia circumflexa  Circumflex
  Craniophora paragrapha  Broad Grey
  Craniophora transvaalica
  Cryphia leucomelaena
  Cucullia consimilis  Similar Shark
  Cucullia hutchinsoni  Hutchison's Shark
  Cucullia inaequalis
  Cucullia pallidistria
  Cucullia terensis
  Diaphone eumela  Cherryspot Moth
  Diphtherocome verbenata  
  Ethioterpia lichenea  
  Ethioterpia marmorata  Thin Marbled Lichen  
  Eustrotia bryophilina  
  Eustrotia megalena  
  Helicoverpa armigera  Scarce Bordered-straw
  Heliocheilus stigmatia  Glazed Window
  Heliothis scutuligera  Shield Rustic
  Heraclia superba  Superb False Tiger
  Hypoplexia melanica  
  Iambia jansei  
  Iambiodes nyctostola  
  Lepidodelta stolifera  
  Leucania loreyi  False Army Worm
  Lophotarsia ochroprocta  Yellow-tailed Grey
  Lycophotia melanephra
  Magusa callixena  
  Maliattha subblandula  
  Mythimna natalensis
  Mythimna substituta
  Mythimna tincta
  Omphalestra mesoglauca  
  Pardoxia graellsii   Yellow Drab
  Pseudozarba regula  
  Schausia coryndoni  Coryndon's Tiger
  Spodoptera cilium  Dark Mottled Willow
  Spodoptera littoralis  Tomato Worm
  Spodoptera triturata  Lawn Worm
  Thysanoplusia orichalcea  Golden Plusia
  Tracheplexia  sp 
  Tycomarptes inferior  
  Xanthodes albago  Cream Drab
     
TUFTED MOTHS  Nolidae Arcyophora longivalvis  Cattle-eye Moth
  Arcyophora patricula  Smoky-eye Moth
  Blenina sp Lichen Moth sp
  Blenina squamifera  Lichen Square
  Earias biplaga  Spiny bollworm
  Earias insulana  Insular Bollworm
  Maurilia arcuata  Arch Drab
  Meganola argyrolepis  
Negeta luminosa  Luminous Cloud
Nola argyrolepis  
Nola socotrensis  ssp vansoni  
Nola tineoides  Barred Arches
  Neaxestis piperitella  
  Neaxestis rhoda  Red Flag
  Paracroria  sp 
  Risoba sticticraspis 
  Selepa leucogonia  
  Selepa transvalica  
  Westermannia roseitincta  Rosy Cloud
     
PROMINENT MOTHS  Notodontidae Afroplitis sulaki  
  Amyops ingens  Giant Prominent
  Anaphe sp Processionary Caterpillar sp
  Anaphe reticulata  Reticulated Bagnest
  Desmeocraera basalis  Basal Prominent
  Desmeocraera  sp
  Hampsonita esmeralda  Esmeralda's Kitten
  Helga cinerea  
  Leptolepida varians  
  Phalera imitata  Imitating Buff Tip
  Pseudorethona albicans  Lichen Cat
  Sarimarais bicolor  Bicoloured Prominent
     
CONCEALER MOTHS  Oecophoridae Endrosis sarcitrella  White-shouldered House Moth
     
DIAMONDBACK MOTHS  Plutellidae Plutella xylostella  Diamond-back Moth
     
BAGWORM MOTHS  Psychidae Eumeta pictipennis  
  Gymnelema vinctus  Cross Stick Bagworm
  Narycia  sp
  Psychid  sp  Bagworm Moth Sakwurm Mot
     
PLUME MOTHS  Pterophoridae Amblyptilia direptalis   
  Cosmoclostis brachybela   
  Pterophorus  sp Plume Moth  sp
  Pterophorus  sp2 Plume Moth  sp
  Stenodacma wahlbergi   
     
SNOUT MOTHS  Pyralidae Aglossa phaealis 
  Biafra concinnella  Pure Veneer
  Bostra albilineata  White Lined Bostra
  Bostra dipectinalis  Combed Bostra
  Bostra glaucalis  
  Bostra pyroxantha  
  Cadra cautella  Almond Moth
  Endotricha consobrinalis  ssp consobrinalis
  Endotricha erythralis   
  Epilepia melanosparsalis  
  Epilepia  sp 
  Flabellobasis capensis  
  Gaana  sp
  Galleria mellonella  Wax Moth 
  Grammiphlebia striata  
  Hypargyria metalliferella  Silvered Knothorn
  Hypsopygia nostralis  Southern Hayworm 
  Hypsopygia sanguinalis  Sanguine Pyrale
  Lamoria adaptella
  Loryma basalis   Basal Pyrale
  Mittonia hampsoni  Hampsons Salad
  Prosaris  sp 
  Salma (Macalla) melapastalis  Varied Knothorn
  Stemmatophora chloralis
  Zitha zonalis
     
EMPEROR MOTHS  Saturniidae Argema mimosa  ssp mimosa   African Lunar Moth
  Aurivillius fuscus  Cats-eye Emperor Bruinkeisermot
  Bunaea alcinoe  Common Emperor Gewone keiser mot
  Cinabra hyperbius  ssp hyperbius  Banded/Golden Emperor Goue keiser mot 
  Epiphora mythymnia  White-ringed Atlas
  Gynanisa maja  Speckled Emperor Gevlekte Pouoogmot
  Heniocha marnois  Marbled Emperor Marmer-pouoogmot
  Imbrasia belina  ssp belina  Anomalous Emperor (Mopane Moth)
  Imbrasia forda  ssp forda  Pallid Emperor
  Ludia delegorguei  Delegorgue's Prince
  Rohaniella pygmaea  ssp pygmaea  Pygmy Emperor
     
FLOWER MOTHS   Scythrididae Eretmocera fuscipennis  
  Eretmocera laetissima  Joyful Moth
     
HAWK MOTHS  Sphingidae Acherontia atropos  Death's-head Hawk
  Afroclanis calcareus  Ruby Polyptychus
  Agrius convolvuli  spp convolvuli  Convolvulus Hawk 
  Basiothia medea  Small Verdant Hawk
  Cephonodes hylas  Oriental Bee-Hawk
  Coelonia fulvinotata  Fulvous Hawk
  Daphnis nerii  Oleander Hawk Selonsroos mot
  Hippotion celerio  Silver Striped Hawk
  Hippotion eson  Common Striped Hawk
  Hyles livornica  Striped Hawk
  Lophostethus dumolinii  ssp dumolinii  Arrow Sphinx
  Macroglossum trochilus  African Hummingbird Hawk
  Macropoliana natalensis  Natal Sphinx
  Nephele comma  Comma Nephele
  Platysphinx piabilis  Mealy Hawk
  Polyptychoides grayii  Gray's Polyptychus
  Pseudoclanis postica  Mulberry Hawk
  Rufoclanis numosae  ssp numosae  Wavy Polyptychus
  Theretra capensis  Cape Hawk
     
  Strathmopididae Stathmopoda  sp 
     
PICTURE-WINGED LEAF MOTHS  Thyrididae Arniocera auriguttata  Gold-spotted Burnet
  Arniocera erythropyga  Grid-fire Burnet
  Cecidothyris pexa  ssp pexa  Clouded Lattice
  Dysodia constellata  
  Rhodoneura flavicilia  
     
CLOTHES MOTHS  Tineidae Tinea sp Clothes Moth
     
LEAF-ROLLER MOTHS  Tortricidae Metendothenia balanacma  

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