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Madagascan Moon Moth (Argema mittrei), Adult Female
Also known as the Comet Moth, confined exclusively to the rain forests of Madagascar. The male has a wingspan of twenty centimeters and a tail span of fifteen centimeters, making it one of the world's largest silk moths.
The adult moth cannot feed and only lives for 4 to 5 days. Although endangered in the wild due to habitat loss, the Moon Moth is being successfully bred in captivity.
Larval foodplants: eucalyptus (gunni), sumach (rhus), sweetgum (liquidamber)
Family: Atlas Moth