One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
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