Cabbage Emperor Caterpillars in South Africa

Subject: Photos African Emperor Caterpillars
Location: Pietermaritzburg. Kwa Zulu Natal
March 7, 2016 8:53 am
Found these climbing my Cabbage tree Sunday morning. Poor tree is now completely stripped
Signature: George Roberts

Cabbage Tree Emperor Caterpillar
Cabbage Tree Emperor Caterpillar

Dear George,
We are going back through unanswered mail from March to post submissions we think our readership may find interesting.  Though your tree has been stripped of leaves by these Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth Caterpillars, the leaves will grow back and the tree will survive.  You can always eat the caterpillars.

Cabbage Tree Emperor Caterpillars
Cabbage Tree Emperor Caterpillars

1 thought on “Cabbage Emperor Caterpillars in South Africa”

  1. I have had the same experience but all the caterpillars have had wasp eggs attached to them and will surely be devoured before they can pupate and become moths again


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