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Moth: Woolen worms (Larvae -Tiger moth)

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Moth: Woolen worms (Larvae -Tiger moth)

Unread postby Vlekkie » Tue May 19, 2009 2:41 pm

I see no one has replied to ndloti's post, I hope it is ok to post next unidentified bug........

We were staying in Berg-En-Dal between the 26 - 30th April 09 and came across this Hairy Beastie, twice just before you get to the gate of the camp, on different time's of day.........

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Anyone have a clue?

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Tue May 19, 2009 2:59 pm

Hi Vlekkie, your Hairy beastie looks the same to me as naomi's in Mammal Forum. Imberbe id it as "wol wurms" or "woolen worms" but read here.

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Vlekkie » Tue May 19, 2009 3:10 pm

Thanks Boorgatspook, like the "Rod Stewart" name they gave it :lol: :lol:

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Tracylee » Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:46 pm

I was so excited to see the query about the woolen worms a few pages back. We also saw a couple somewhere south of Tamboti and couldnt believe our eyes. Unfortunately I couldnt follow the link. Please tell me about it or guide me to the link again
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Spotted Cat » Thu May 13, 2010 11:06 am

Can anyone help with an id on this ? ... rather pretty hairstyle 8)

Found near Satara (S36)

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and another one near Olifants

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Thu May 13, 2010 12:36 pm

Great photos Spotted Cat! I remember when being a child we kept them as "pets". The black hairs are like porcupine quils! They BURN!
Unfortunately I do not know from which moth or butterfly they originate? I am also interested to know more about them. :hmz:

I see now on page 6 they are id'd as "wol wurms" :lol:
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Unread postby Spotted Cat » Thu May 13, 2010 1:28 pm

Thanks Bobbi :D Went to have a look on pg 6 - yip, same thingie! 8)
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu May 13, 2010 4:07 pm

Seems these little worms attract a lot of attention :D
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Tracylee » Thu May 13, 2010 8:11 pm

But does anyone know what they become when they grow up?
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu May 13, 2010 10:03 pm

They are the larvae of the Tiger moth family (Arctiidae).

I have been looking, but could not find a definitive answer as to exactly which moth species this is the larvae of. But I think it may just be the larvae of the Translucent Ermine.


This photo taken from Pieter Steyns trip report here.

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Fri May 14, 2010 9:53 am

Thanks Imberbe, I've been wanting to know this as well for some time :thumbs_up:
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