Definition of mopane worm in English:

mopane worm


  • The spotted caterpillar of a southern African moth, which feeds on mopane leaves and is a source of food for local people.

    Gonimbrasia belina, family Saturniidae

    • ‘Some of the most important edible insects are mopane worms, locusts, bees, termites and edible stink-bugs.’
    • ‘Imbrasia epimethea, cousin to the mopane worm of southern Africa, known here as madora, and the caterpillars known as harati are also popular snacks.’
    • ‘Another myth enforces the belief that the moths of the mopane worm go into hibernation after they have laid the eggs.’