species: edwardsii White.
Archaeoattacus has been distinguished from Attacus in the account of the
latter. Colour differences are mentioned in the description of the Bornean
The larva of A. edwardsii has been described by Gardiner (1982), but was
confused with that of atlas. It is similar in appearance to that of
atlas but distinguished by different modifications of the scoli in later
instars (see above). The eggs are laid singly; the larvae solitary.
The cocoon is similar to that of Attacus but twigs are cut and
incorporated in the suspension.
Host-plants noted by Arora & Gupta (1979) are: Machilus (Magnoliaceae);
Prunus (Rosaceae); Ailanthus (Simaroubaceae).
The genus contains only two species, the Himalayan edwardsii and the
Sundanian staudingeri Rothschild. The species are both found in Peninsular
Malaysia (Lampe, 1985).
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