Actias

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Actias
Actias adult variation sjh.jpg
An assortment of mounted Actias moths and their cocoons
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Saturniidae
Tribe: Saturniini
Genus: Actias
Leach 1815
Species

Numerous, see text

Synonyms
  • Echidna Hübner, [1807]
  • Tropaea Hübner, [1819]
  • Meceura Billberg, 1820
  • Artemis Kirby & Spence, 1828
  • Plectropteron Hutton, 1846
  • Argema Wallengren, 1858
  • Angas Wallengren, 1865
  • Sonthonnaxia Watson, 1913
  • Proactias Arora & Gupta, 1979

Actias is a genus of Saturniid moths, which contains the Asian-American moon moths. Long tails on their hindwings are among their distinctive traits. Other moths with similar appearance are Copiopteryx, Argema and Eudaemonia.

The majority of species in this genus feed on the leaves of sweetgum, pine, or similar trees. As with all Saturniids, adult Actias moths lack functional mouthparts so their lifespan after emergence from the cocoon only ranges from a few days to a week.

Species[edit]

The genus includes the following species:

Selected former species[edit]


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