African Moon Moth (Argema mimosae)

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Female - The African moon or lunar moth (Argema mimosae) is a giant silk moth of the Family Saturniidae. This moth can be found near the east coast of South Africa. An adult can measure 10-12 centimetres across its wingspan, and 12-14 centimetres from head to the tip of its elongated 'tail-like' second pair of wings. Its forward wings have a distinctive grey-coloured 'furry' leading edge, giving a very rough surface, presumably for aerodynamic reasons. The moth does not eat after emerging from its cocoon and lives about 10 days Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Lepidoptera Family: Saturniidae Genus: Argema Species: A. mimosae

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