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African Moon Moth Taken at the Tucson Botanical Gardens Butterfly Exhibit 2014 African Moon Moth,Argema mimosae,Moth Week 2018 Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

African Moon Moth

Taken at the Tucson Botanical Gardens Butterfly Exhibit 2014

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  1. Woooahh! that is incredible! Posted 5 years ago
    1. Thank you! Posted 5 years ago
  2. A spectacular species intro, Stephen, really scoring points with this one! Posted 5 years ago
  3. Beautiful shot and creature almost looks like a kite.
    Posted 5 years ago
    1. It is amazing to see in real life as well. They are about 12cm total length! Thanks for looking. Posted 5 years ago, modified 5 years ago
  4. From today's Facebook post:

    Gorgeous! The African Moon Moth (Argema mimosae) is a giant silk moth found in eastern and southern Africa. They grow up to 14 cm long (5.5 in), from head to “tails”. Their coloring and the shape of their wings provide camouflage as they resemble foliage, especially their tails, which sort of look like dried stems. {Spotted by JungleDragon user, Stephen Philips} #JungleDragon
    Posted 11 months ago

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The African moon moth is a giant silk moth of the Family Saturniidae. Similar in appearance to the giant Madagascan moon moth , but smaller, this moth can be found widely in Eastern Africa and more locally in Southern Africa, including near the east coast of South Africa. An adult can measure 10 to 12 centimetres across its wingspan and 12 to 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,.. more

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Uploaded May 5, 2015.