Endangered Madagascan moon moth spotted in Noklak

Endangered Madagascan moon moth spotted in Noklak
Madagascan moon moth (DIPR)
DIMAPUR, AUG 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/22/2020 12:31:35 PM IST

An endangered moth-- Madagascan moon moth or comet moth native to the rain forests of Madagascar-- was spotted in Noklak district on August 21 during the dedicatory programme of newly constructed office chamber of deputy commissioner, Noklak.

According to DIPR, Madagascan moon moths are spotted occasionally in the region, which also have an Indo-Myanmar biodiversity hotspot rich in flora and fauna. Although endangered in the wild due to habitat loss, the Madagascan moon moth is bred in captivity.

The male has a wingspan of 20 cm and a tail span of 15 cm making it one of the world’s largest silk moths. The female lays from 120-170 eggs and after hatching, the larvae feeds for approximately two months before pupating. The cocoon has numerous holes to keep the pupa from drowning in the daily rains of natural habitat. The adult moths cannot feed and only lives for 4-5 days.

The Moth is nocturnal and does not flying at day time. Male and female can be easily distinguished; females have broader and rounder wings and much shorter tail and males wear long and plumose ones.


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