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Binomial name: Pseudimbrasia deyrollii (Thomson, 1858) — *Note: the original description really described them as ‘deyrollii’ and not ‘deyrollei’. But this is likely to be a spelling mistake as the name was intented to be deyrollei, not deyrollii.
Common name: No official common name. “Deyrolle’s emperor moth” could be used
Geographical range: Africa, including but probably not limited to Angola, Burkina Fasso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, DRCongo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Host plants: Erythrophleum, Sapium, Acacia, Quercus (oak), Prunus (cherry), likely feeds on a wide range of tropical legumes (Fabaceae) and deciduous trees and shrubs.
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