the african moon moth


Comet Moth (Argema mittrei)

The Comet moth or Madagascan moon moth is an African moth, native to the rain forests of Madagascar. The male has a wingspan of twenty centimeters and a tail span of fifteen centimeters, making it one of the world’s largest silk moths. The cocoon has numerous holes to keep the pupa from drowning in the daily rains of its natural habitat. The adult moth cannot feed and only lives for 4 to 5 days.

The African Moon moth has a very similar appearance to the Madagascar Moon moth, but smaller, measuring up to 5.5 inches from head to tail. There are many different species of ‘Moon moth’ from the genus Actias in the Americas and Asia, Argema a genus native to Africa, and Graellsia isabellae, more commonly known as the Spanish Moon moth, from Spain and France.