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Moths of Africa
Drury's Owl moth
Dactyloceras lucina  DRURY, 1872

Superfamily - BOMBYCOIDEA

Family - SATURNIIDAE
subfamily - BRAHMAEINAE
Tribe -

Dactyloceras lucina  Bunso, Ghana  Adrian Hoskins

Introduction
The 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.
The genus Dactyloceras comprises of 5 known species: barnsi, bramarbas, lucina, 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.

Habitats
This species is found in tropical rainforest.
Lifecycle
The lifecycle does not appear to be recorded.
Adult behaviour

The 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 vapour lamp.

 

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