Brahmaeidae (Brahmin moths)


Brahmaeidae, known as “Owl moths” and “Brahmin moths” are a very small family of moths with about 40 known species. They are found in Asia, Europe and Africa. Interestingly, many Brahmaeidae adults (such as Brahmaea sp.) have a reduced, but still functioning proboscis. They are reported to be “non-feeding” moths, but in captivity they are observed to drink water if sprayed with a water bottle. Thus it is theorised that these moths do not take in any food and are short lived as adults, but they can prolong their lifespans by drinking water and absorbing much needed moisture from rain or dewdrops. Since recently they also include Lemonia sp. and Lemoniidae.  They include a few very poorly studies species such as Sabalia, Dactyloceras, Calliprogronos and more. To the untrained eye, some of the large species may be mistaken for Saturniidae; although their morphology and especially antennae are fundamentally different. Most if not all species seem to be breedable in captivity. Males have comb-like, feathery antennae, that are often feathered on only one side instead of two. Larvae often have remarkable appendages, hairs and horns.

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