Coscinocera hercules

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Coscinocera hercules
Coscinocera hercules male.JPG
Mounted male
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Saturniidae
Genus: Coscinocera
Species: C. hercules
Binomial name
Coscinocera hercules
Miskin, 1876

The Hercules Moth (Coscinocera hercules) is a moth of the Saturniidae family, endemic to New Guinea and northern Australia.

It has a wingspan of ca. 27 cm it is the largest moth found in Australia, and its wings have the largest documented surface area (300 square centimeters) of any living insect.[1][2]

The larvae feed on Polyscias elegans, Glochidion ferdinandi, Dysoxylum muelleri, Black Cherry, Timonius rumphii, but also eat other plants in captivity.

  1. ^ Robert G. Foottit & Peter H. Adler. 2009. Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society. Blackwell Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1-405-15142-9
  2. ^ Rainier Flindt. 2006. Amazing Numbers in Biology. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. ISBN 3-540-30146-1

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