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HAVE you seen some large eyes peering at you from the corner of your ceiling or the pelmet above your curtains?

That’s Cyligramma latona, the Cream Striped Owl moth, which has arrived in numbers in recent weeks, puzzling Gautengers (including I Love Fourways).

The Cream Striped Owl moth is usually a sub-tropical and bushveld baby, with a range that extends up to equatorial Africa, according to my insect book, Field Guide to Insects of South Africa (Picker, Griffiths, Weaving, Struik 2002). They do seem to have been creeping slowly into Highveld areas for some time – I took the picture below of a slightly tattered individual in Cullinan in 2010.

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