Argema mimosae - African lunar moth

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Argema mimosae
Argema mimosae

Photo(s): Left: Darrel Plowes, locality unknown; right Bart Wursten, Bunga Inselberg, Gorongosa National Park.

Species details:

Note: Females are more robust and somewhat darker than males. This is one of our largest and most spectacular moths, with adults measuring up to 12 cm wide and 14 cm long.
Distribution: From DRC and Kenya and south to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Larval food (by plant family):
Larval food (by plant genus):
Larval food (by plant species):
AnacardiaceaeSclerocarya birrea subsp. caffra (Food plant)
Literature: africanmoths.com

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Caprivi: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Argema mimosae .
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/insect-display.php?insect_species_id=401100, retrieved 12 November 2019

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