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Madagascan moon moth

Argema mittrei

Description:

The male has a wingspan of twenty centimeters (8") and a tail span of fifteen centimeters (6"), making it one of the world's largest silk moths. They don't feed and only live 4 or 5 days.

Habitat:

rainforest

Notes:

Saw this moth at the campground at Ranomafana national park. One day it was alive, the next day dead. Many large moths don't feed and only live for less than a week.

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50 Comments (1–25)

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta a year ago

I do so want to see one!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Arg i missed this one ! Extraordinary Dan.

Glen Marks
Glen Marks 8 years ago

Very impressive moth!

KrantiAzad
KrantiAzad 8 years ago

wow ! its stunning

injica
injica 8 years ago

Huge and amazing!!!

Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 8 years ago

Amazing!!!

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks Mayra!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Wonderful!

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks Telse!

Telse
Telse 8 years ago

Beautiful!

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thank again Reiko. There are a lot of amazing moths on Noah, that's for sure. There are about 160,000 species of moth in the world.

RiekoS
RiekoS 8 years ago

This creature is absolutely beautiful. Thank you very much.
I saw so many different kinds of moths through Project Noah.
Would you know how many different kinds of moths in this world?

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks Atul and Thank you patty. I always enjoy your comments. It does have amazingly long tails. I'm glad I can keep surprising you.

patty
patty 8 years ago

What a wonderful moth Dandoucette! I had never imagined moths could have such a long tail; it is beautiful because of it and its nice color. There are so many amazing things around and your spottings always surprise me; it is like an artistic point of view of nature =)

Atul
Atul 9 years ago

superb series!

dandoucette
dandoucette 9 years ago

Thanks de.monick, eulalia and Carol. Hahaha Carol, it was a great adventure, better than the movie!

eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 9 years ago

Beautiful.

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Oh, so so beautiful! U are so fortunate. What a great adventure you had in Madagascar. (Not the movie, the book by Dan.) LOL

de.monick.18
de.monick.18 9 years ago

Beautiful...

dandoucette
dandoucette 9 years ago

Yup, it's in the book Carol, full page, thanks and thanks Jolly, sorry I missed that one.

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Is this in your book. Say yes! Awesome!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 9 years ago

Very nice spotting.

dandoucette
dandoucette 9 years ago

Thanks Sandra, Silje and jgorneau. That may be jgorneau but I have yet to spot Actias luna. I've just seen many on Noah.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

I think you've got Actias luna beat here!

SiljeBare
SiljeBare 9 years ago

Oh my, that's an Amazing creature! :D

dandoucette
Spotted by
dandoucette

Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar

Spotted on Jan 12, 2006
Submitted on Apr 12, 2011

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