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Brahmaea wallichii

Brahmaea wallichii is a moth from the Brahmaeidae family, the Brahmin moths. It is found in the north of India, Bhutan, Myanmar, China, Taiwan and Japan.

Mounted pair

The wingspan is about 160 mm (6.3 in).

The larvae feed on Fraxinus excelsior, Ligustrum and Common Lilac. They are able to neutralize plant toxins produced by Ligustrum.[3]


  • Brahmaea wallichii wallichii
  • Brahmaea wallichii insulata Inoue, 1984 (Taiwan)
  • Brahmaea wallichii saifulica de Freina, 1983 (western Himalaya)


The species is named after the botanist Nathaniel Wallich.


  1. ^ Gray, J.E. (1831): Description of a new species of Bombyx from Nepaul, discovered by Dr. WALLICH. — The Zoological Miscellany (London), 1, 1831: 39. scan
  2. ^ Savela, Markku (November 24, 2002). "Brahmaea genus". Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  3. ^ Kotaro Konno, Sachiko Okada and Chikara Hirayama (2001). "Selective secretion of free glycine, a neutralizer against a plant defense chemical, in the digestive juice of the privet moth larvae". Journal of Insect Physiology 47 (12): 1451–1457. doi:10.1016/S0022-1910(01)00135-4. 


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