The Heady Maiden, Amata Cerbera, is a day flying moth, although it looks amazingly unmothlike.

They feed on the nectar of flowers with male and female looking the same

They communicate with chemical signals and although they have bright colours they fall prey to
chameleons and birds.

We see them each year at Rietvlei


  1. Beulah Coetzee
    12 January 2022

    I see them every year in my garden which is close to Rietvlei Nature Reserve and am so happy that Starke Ayres could identify them for me.

    • admin
      19 April 2023

      Hi Beulah

      So lucky for you to have them visit your garden. They are really beautiful to watch. 🙂


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