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5 Things About Mopane Worms You Probably Didn't Know

5 Things About Mopane Worms You Probably Didn't Know

It’s Mopane Worm season in Zimbabwe. Here are some things that you probably didn’t know about the worm.

1. Mopane worms become a moth

The worm is actually the larval stage of a moth called the Emperor Moth. The life cycle of the Emperor Moth begins with the adult moths laying eggs on the leaves of the mopane tree. The egg hatches the worm and eventually, the worm’s body becomes, pupae and then the moth. The best time to harvest Mopane is just before they become pupae.

2. Mopane worms are also farmed

They are not just found in the wild. These worms can be farmed. In Zimbabwe, Mopane Worms Enterprises is dedicated to the commercial farming of edible insects. The company sells mopane worms, mopane worms eggs, pupae, and moths.

In fact in 2005 one NGO released a short book called The “Farming Mopane Worms” guide which was available in English, Shona, and Ndebele.

3. Not just a Zimbabwean delicacy

Zimbabweans that have traveled beyond the country’s borders will tell you that Mopane worms are a delicacy in many countries in Southern Africa including South Africa (Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces), Zambia, Botswana, and northern Namibia.

4. Mopane worms numbers are decreasing

Mopane worms are on the decline though specific numbers are hard to come by. The biggest threat to the worms is over-harvesting which happens because of economic difficulties. People overharvest to consume as well as to sell for a living.

In Zimbabwe, the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority mount roadblocks to monitor and prevent the overharvesting of the worms.

Mopane worms are also threatened by the cutting down of Mopane trees during harvesting. People do it to reach Mopane worms at the tops of the tree.

The Zimbabwe forestry commission also monitors and educates harvesters to stop cutting down Mopane trees.

5. Vernacular names

Mopane worms are known by the following vernacular names in Southern:

  • Zimbabwe: Macimbi in Ndebele, Madora or Mashonja in Shona, Mahonja in Kalanga
  • Botswana: Phane in Tswana
  • South Africa: Mašotša in Sotho, Mashonzha in Venda, Matamani in Tsonga, Iinnondo in Zulu
  • Zambia: Ifishimu in Bemba 
  • Namibia: Omagungu in Ovambo, Oshuungu in Oshikwanyama
  • DRC: Mingolo in Kongo

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21 Comments

Fire🔥 2 weeks ago

Tazvinzwa Inga tati ehoi , tichangobata madora chete miti atichatema kwacho


Pindula 2 weeks ago

😂😂😂

fire 2 weeks ago

kkkkk fire kaa

2 weeks ago

Where is Jaison now?


Jaison Muvevi 2 weeks ago

varikundibvunza mubvunzo kujo kiChikurubi but handivapindure

Jaison Muvhevhi 2 weeks ago

Ndrikuno kubata madora hangu🤪


Jaison 2 weeks ago

Ndiripo wawatiii


Nasty C 2 weeks ago

and they're also nasty


Depon 2 weeks ago

I meant tasty I guess....

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Ini zvangu 2 weeks ago

Do they (madora) have any medicinal benefits, preferably "Mushonga weMusana"


2 weeks ago

Ini ndakasiya zvokudya makonye.


Firelady 2 weeks ago

Asi dora roonaka haro😏.....ndati dora roonaka , kunaka chaiko chaiko


🙄 2 weeks ago

Chigunwe chemwana chonyerekedzo zvomene here Firelady? Kkkkk

Firelady 2 weeks ago

Kkkkkk zii hangu semunhu mkuru ,


Lorain 2 weeks ago

6. Hapwna mkadzi anoda madiki


vedora 2 weeks ago

comment musaireporte kune vari biased ve Pindula moderators avo vakatorara pabasa

ndibhanei pindula 2 weeks ago

mune rusarura blambi ndibhanei pano pindula


Firelady 2 weeks ago

Kikikiki , zvaukutaura wazviwanepi ini ndati dora roonaka chete


Trev 2 weeks ago

Are you single @Firelady?😍 Ndikunakirwa newe

Bhojomo 2 weeks ago

l prefer mbeve 🐀


bvaru 2 weeks ago

madora ndoadawo anovaka miviri mamkasei nhasi



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