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Can you imagine walking out your backdoor and seeing a butterfly with an eight-inch wingspan? You might, if you lived off the coast of Africa.

Comet Moth - Moon Moth - Argena Mitrrei  Rainforest Madagascar Thomas Marent
In scientist language, they are known as the Argena Mitrrei species. They live in the rainforests of eastern-central Madagascar. They are a protected species in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. Their tails vary from short stubs to long streamers.

Young caterpillars eat tasty eucalyptus leaves. Then they spin cocoons that have a pretty cool ability: they can actually expel water. This prevents them from drowning, so they can become beautiful and healthy adult comet moths.

Want to know more? The Comet Moth

ETL Rainforest Science curriculum connection: Unit 3-Chapter 1-Lesson 1

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