COPYRIGHT Julian Bayliss

The Mulanje Tiger Moth (Callioratis grandis), is an extremely localised species known only from Mount Mulanje in Malawi. It feeds solely on the Mulanje Cycad, Encephalartos gratus, and is here raised to full species status and assessed as Critically Endangered using the IUCN criteria.

COPYRIGHT Steve Woodhall

The strange hovering behaviour of male Scarce Fig-tree Blues (Myrina dermaptera dermaptera) was observed and photographed for the first time by Steve Woodhall around a fig tree at Shongweni in KZN.

COPYRIGHT Steve Woodhall

The life histories of a number of Afrotropical Swordtails (Graphium) species (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea: Papilionidae) are examined and described and some relationships are suggested. Graphium leonidas zanzibaricus is reinstated as a valid taxon.

COPYRIGHT Steve Woodhall

The Table Mountain Beauty (Aeropetes tulbaghia), featured on the cover of Metamorphosis Vol 21 no.4, has been nominated by LepSoc to become South Africa’s National Butterfly. It is a large and attractive butterfly, widespread throughout South Africa's mountains and endemic to SA and Zimbabwe. It is the only pollinator of many of our wild flowers including the Red Disa (Disa uniflora).

Metamorphosis - Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa

Metamorphosis Journal Metamorphosis, the journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society of Africa (LepSoc), publishes articles on any aspect of the scientific study of African Lepidoptera.

LepSoc Africa was founded in 1983 and is a non-profit organisation promoting the interests of all lepidopterists in Africa. Its main objectives are to contribute significantly to the overall knowledge of the diversity, taxonomy, habitats, distribution and life cycles of African Lepidoptera (buttermoths). This knowledge is then applied towards the conservation of this fascinating group of insects.

Metamorphosis has evolved from humble beginnings as a newsletter for LepSoc Africa members into a highly respected scientific journal publishing articles on the taxonomy, life histories, ecology, biogeography and conservation of Afrotropical Lepidoptera. This website also houses these other important LepSoc Africa publications:

Afrotropical Butterflies - an online encyclopaedia, regularly updated, with complete accounts of every butterfly in the Afrotropical region.

African Butterfly News - a bimonthly newsletter informing members and others about the activities and projects of LepSoc Africa

Practical Guide - an book with everything you need to know about studying, collecting and photgraphing Lepidoptera

Babbel Blues - an occasional publication with entertaining accounts of butterflying trips with amazing pictures

From 2016 onwards Metamorphosis has been a fully Open Access journal published on this website (ISSN 2307-5031). There is also an annual printed version (ISSN 1018-6490) available free to sponsor and honorary life members and also for purchase by other members and the general public. 

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