Afrikaans name: Uilmot
Cream-striped Owl moth
The Cream-striped Owl is a large species of moth with a wingspan of around 7.5 cm.
Both pairs of wings show the cream stripe and each fore-wing has the large eye-spot. The eye markings are a form of defensive camouflage as potential predators see the eyes and can be tricked into believing that they are dealing with a large species of bird (an owl perhaps) and ignore it.
The Cream-striped Owl is attracted to light and these large insects are commonly found inside homes at night. They are also attracted by the smell of over-ripened fruit and even alchohol.
In South Africa they occur in the southern and eastern regions of the country.
References and further readingField Guide to Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving - Published: 0 - Page: 364
Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Published: 2015 - Page: 122
Insects of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Clarke H. Scholtz and Erik Holm - Published: 1989 - Page: 391
Pocket Guide - Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker & Charles Griffiths - Published: 2015 - Page: 122
The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 168