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Family Callidulidae: An unusual family of moths known as "Old World Butterfly-moths. Callidulids are a family of butterfly like moths which are distributed throughout southeast Asia and Oceania. Callidulids can exhibit both day and night flying behavior and typically hold their wings over thier backs like butterflies. Thier closest relatives are know truly known but they are thought to be close to hook-tip and geometer moths.

Image: L. Shyamal

 

Comet moth (Argema mitteri)

Also known as the Madagascan moon moth, the Comet moth is a large species of moth native to Madagascar. The male comet moth can grow fairly large with an impressive 20 centimeter wingspan. These moths are usually found in wet and rainy rainforests this presents a problem for the moth’s pupating young as too much water could drown them in their cocoon. To prevent drowning, the moths cocoon is full of small holes that water can drain out of. However most of the moths life is spent as a pupa and the adult cannot feed and only lives for 5 days in-order to reproduce.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Lepidoptera-Saturniidae-Argema-mittrei

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