Emperor moths



Moths in this familiy are generally large in size, with a wingspan ranging from 65 to 270 millimetres across.

Coscinocera hercules (Hercules Moth)

Coscinocera hercules is commonly known as the Hercules moth and is the largest species of all moths and butterflies. In Australia this species is only found in northern Queensland, although it also occurs in New Guinea. Adult Hercules moths have a wingspan of about 270 millimetres and in males the hind wings are extended into long tails. The larvae of this species are a spectacular bluegreen colour with brigth yellow spiny proturberences. When fully mature, the larvae are approximately 100 millimetres in length and can weigh around 54 grams.

Coscinocera hercules (Hercules Moth)

For saturniid moth species visit the Australian Insect Common Names - Saturniidae section found here.



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