Gonometa

Gonometa

an African moth which infests Acacia erioloba and A. mellifera producing very many cocoons of silk fiber which cause ruminal impaction in cattle browsing on the tree. Called also Molopo moth.
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The following are consumed as and when they occur: Anthoaera zambezina, Athletes gigas, Athletes semialba, Bombycomorpha pallida, Bunaea alcinoe, Bunaea caffra, Bunaeopsis aurantica, Gonimbrasia zambesina, Gonometa postica, Heniocha dyops, Imbrasia epimethea, Imbrasia ertli, Lobobunaea satumus, Nudaurelia belina and Pseudobunaea irius.
Harvesting the poisonous cocoons of the Gonometa worm has led to a new industry producing silk fabric; triangular bricks are taking the chore out of building and plastic spare parts are proving more reliable and vastly cheaper than their metal counterparts.
Various subspecies of Gonometa worms spin their cocoons in the branches of mopani and acacia trees, and once the moths emerge, the cocoons can be collected for their silk.