Rahul Sharma

Elasmia mandela

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Kingdom  Animalia
Subphylum  Hexapoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Class  Insecta
Family  Notodontidae
Elasmia mandela

Elasmia mandela is a species of moth of the family Notodontidae. It occurs in Mexico, Costa Rica, Texas and Oklahoma.


Overall colour is dark grey brown with obscure transverse forewing markings. Males and females similar in appearance. Elasmia mandela santaana is grey overall with a contrasting dark scale patch in the reniform/subreniform area. Adults are on wing from April to early October.

The larvae have been recorded feeding on Rhamnaceae and Sapindaceae species, including Unganadia speciosa for ssp. Elasmia mandela santaana.


  • Elasmia mandela mandela (Mexico and Costa Rica)
  • Elasmia mandela santaana Metzler & Knudson, 2011 (Texas, Oklahoma and probably Mexico)
  • Etymology

    The name of subspecies Elasmia mandela santaana refers to its type locality, the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Texas.


    Elasmia mandela Wikipedia

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