COPYRIGHT Julian Bayliss

The Mulanje Tiger Moth (Callioratis grandis), is an extremely localised species known only from Mount Mulanje in Malawi. It feeds solely on the Mulanje Cycad, Encephalartos gratus, and is here raised to full species status and assessed as Critically Endangered using the IUCN criteria.

COPYRIGHT Steve Woodhall

The strange hovering behaviour of male Scarce Fig-tree Blues (Myrina dermaptera dermaptera) was observed and photographed for the first time by Steve Woodhall around a fig tree at Shongweni in KZN.

COPYRIGHT Steve Woodhall

The life histories of a number of Afrotropical Swordtails (Graphium) species (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea: Papilionidae) are examined and described and some relationships are suggested. Graphium leonidas zanzibaricus is reinstated as a valid taxon.

COPYRIGHT Steve Woodhall

The Table Mountain Beauty (Aeropetes tulbaghia), featured on the cover of Metamorphosis Vol 21 no.4, has been nominated by LepSoc to become South Africa’s National Butterfly. It is a large and attractive butterfly, widespread throughout South Africa's mountains and endemic to SA and Zimbabwe. It is the only pollinator of many of our wild flowers including the Red Disa (Disa uniflora).

Metamorphosis - Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa

Metamorphosis Journal Metamorphosis, the journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society of Africa (LepSoc), publishes articles on any aspect of the scientific study of African Lepidoptera.

LepSoc was founded in 1983 as the Lepidoptera Study Group of Southern Africa. It is a non-profit organization which promotes the interests of both professional and amateur lepidopterists. Its main objectives are to contribute significantly to the overall knowledge of the diversity, taxonomy, habitats, distribution and life cycles of African Lepidoptera (buttermoths). This knowledge is then applied towards the conservation of this fascinating group of insects.

Metamorphosis articles cover accounts of interesting field trips as well as contributions of a more scientific nature covering taxonomy, life histories, ecology, biogeography and conservation. Up until the end of 2011 there were four issues per annum in printed format, with unusually large contributions accommodated as occasional supplements, of which three have been published to date.

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