Brahmaea wallichii

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Brahmaea wallichii
Brahmaea wallichii insulata (Brahmeid Moth) wb edit.jpg
insulata subspecies
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Brahmaeidae
Genus: Brahmaea
Species: B. wallichii
Binomial name
Brahmaea wallichii
Gray, 1831[2]
  • Bombyx wallichii Gray, 1831
  • Brahmaea conchifera Butler, 1880[3]

Brahmaea wallichii also known as the owl moth, is a moth from the Brahmaeidae family, the Brahmin moths. It is found in the north of India, Bhutan, Myanmar, China, Taiwan and Japan. The owl moth is nocturnal.

Mounted pair

The wingspan is about 160 mm (6.3 in).

The larvae feed on Fraxinus excelsior, Ligustrum and common lilac. They are able to neutralize plant toxins produced by Ligustrum.[4]


  • Brahmaea wallichii wallichii
  • Brahmaea wallichii insulata Inoue, 1984 (Taiwan)
  • Brahmaea wallichii saifulica de Freina, 1983 (western Himalaya)


The species is named after the botanist Nathaniel Wallich.


  1. ^ Carter, David (2002). Butterflies and Moths (Second ed.). United States: Dorling Kindersley. p. 304. ISBN 0-7894-8983-X. 
  2. ^ Gray, J.E. (1831): Description of a new species of Bombyx from Nepaul, discovered by Dr. WALLICH. — The Zoological Miscellany (London), 1, 1831: 39. scan
  3. ^ Savela, Markku (November 24, 2002). "Brahmaea genus". Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  4. ^ Kotaro Konno, Sachiko Okada and Chikara Hirayama (2001). "Selective secretion of free glycine, a neutralizer against a plant defense chemical, in the digestive juice of the privet moth larvae". Journal of Insect Physiology 47 (12): 1451–1457. doi:10.1016/S0022-1910(01)00135-4.