Side View Of A Comet Moth and Cocoon (Argema mittrei)
Island of Madagascar
Off The East Coast of Africa
Peyrieras Madagascar Exotic Reserve
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I was privileged to see a comet moth and cocoon at the reserve, because the adult moth is very short lived. This image was photographed in the shade of a tree on the reserve. The tattered wings and the general condition of the moth show it doesn’t have much longer to live. The adult moth does not feed once it's out of the cocoon.
Another image of the comet moth in the first comment section.
The comet moth (Argema mittrei) or Madagascan moon moth is an African moth, native 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 female lays from 120-170 eggs, and after hatching the larvae feed on Eugenia and Weinmannia leaves for approximately two months before pupating. The cocoon has numerous holes to keep the pupa from drowning in the daily rains of its natural habitat. The adult moth cannot feed and only lives for 4 to 5 days. Endangered in the wild due to habitat loss.