Brahmin moth, Brahmaea wallichii
The Brahmin moth, Brahmaea wallichii (Brahmaeidae) is a stunning moth up to 160 mm wingspan, with wavy lines and alternating light and dark colors that provide considerable camouflage on tree bark.
Brahmaea wallichii is found in the north of India, Myanmar, China, Taiwan and Japan.
As shown in the bottom photo, the caterpillar of this moth is equally breathtaking. This one is in the 5th instar; from the egg to this stage it only needed 3 ½ weeks, and it grew in this time from only 5 mm to a length of 9 cm.
In wild the larvae feed on Fraxinus excelsior, Ligustrum and Common Lilac. They are able to neutralize plant toxins produced by Ligustrum. The species is named after the botanist Nathaniel Wallich.