Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Saturniidae

Genus/species: Argema mimosae

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Color is emerald-green with yellow and red eyespots on wings. Larvae are green with thin white bands and rows of long projections on back. The cocoons are silvery and pitted with small holes. This Moth has no moving mouth parts. Its one week adult life consists of living off stored fat, mating and laying eggs.
Females release pheromones which are detected by the males large feathery antennae.

Wing Span 10-12 cm (4-5 inches)

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DISTRIBUTION: Eastern and Southern Africa


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