Butterflies and Moths of Sri Lanka

Family Saturniidae Emperor moths


Lycanidae

Featurs of Family Saturniidae

1. Commonly known as saturniids

2. The Saturniidae includes largest and most spectacular  moths such as the giant silkmoths, royal moths, moon moths and emperor moths etc..

3. Wingspan ranging from 65 to 270 millimetres across, Hercules moth [ Coscinocera hercules] is the largest species (adult wingspan of about 270 mm) of all moths and butterflies.

4. Adults are characterized by large size, heavy bodies covered
in hair-like scales, lobed wings, reduced mouthparts, and small heads.

5. These moths are sometimes brightly colored and often have translucent eyespots or "windows" on their wings.

6.  Sexual dimorphism varies by species, but males can generally be distinguished by their larger, broader antennae.

Family Saturniidae in Sri Lanka

There are four species in Sri Lanka with three genera and no endemics.

1.Attacus atlas - Atlas moth

2.Attacus ricini

3.Antheraea mylitta - Tussur Moth

4.Actias Selene - Indian moon moth

Species Account

 

 

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Sub-order: Heterocera

Super Family: Bombycoidea

Family: Saturniidae

 
   
           
Attacus atlas - Atlas Moth
 
Photography by Pramith Aluthwattha        
       
       
       
       
       
       
 
 
 
   
 
           
Antheraea paphia - Tussur Moth
 
Tussur Moth
       
       
       
       
       
       
 
 
 
   
           
 Actias Selene - Indian Moon Moth
 
Tussur Moth
       
       
       
       
       
       
 
 
 
   
           
 Actias Selene - Indian Moon Moth Caterpilars
 
Tussur Moth
       
       
       
       
       
       
 
 
 
   
   

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