Superfamily - BOMBYCOIDEA
Family - SATURNIIDAE
subfamily Brahmaeinae is elevated in rank to a full family by some
authorities. It comprises of 7 genera and about 40 species. It has
representatives in South America, Africa, Europe, the Oriental
region and temperate Asia.
Dactyloceras comprises of 5 known species:
vandeweghei and weidenmanni, all
of which are Afrotropical in distribution.
Dactyloceras lucina is only known from
Sierra Leone and Ghana but it probably occurs over most of the West
African forest belt.
species is found in
lifecycle does not appear to be recorded.
adults are nocturnal, and probably rest during the daytime on tree
trunks where their markings would provide them with excellent
camouflage. The specimen illustrated above was attracted to a mercury