oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Notes on the Life-history of a Species of Mesocelis (Lasiocampidae) with Special Reference to its Parthenogenesis

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The Lasiocampid moth dealt with in the following notes has been identified as Mesocelis sp. The species under review may be referred to as the Karoo Mesoulis. It appears to have a very restricted distribution, having been found only in a small area, some 18 miles long by a few wide, in the Cape Midlands section of the Karoo. With the species dealt with here, the male has not yet been found, although large numbers of the cocoons have been collected in the field and obtained from reared material.

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