Description

    PAIR OF GIANT AFRICAN LUNAR MOTHS
    Argema mittrei
    Madagascar

    This spectacular display piece contains both a male and a female example of the enormous Comet Moth, a native of Madagascar. They are amongst the world's largest moths, and the specimens here boast wingspans of 6 5/8 and 5 5/8 inches respectively. They are a wild silk moth, but as caterpillars they eat only fresh eucalyptus leaves, making them hard to breed in captivity. The furry body covering extends part way onto their bright yellow wings, which are patterned with delicate brown patches and striking "eyes", those of the male terminating in long slender swallow-tails. Another striking characteristic is the delicate fern-like antenna boasted by both sexes. This exceptional mount is presented under glass in an ebonized frame, 20 x 12 inches.


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    May, 2009
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