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Loepa sp. | Loepa sikkima?

I first saw this moth sitting on a wall. I cursed my luck when it flew away before I could focus. A minute later I saw it sitting on this leaf: a much nicer background than the first place I saw it in. Sometimes you are lucky. I like the splotches of wet dust on the leaf.

Owl moth caught from Silent Valley National Park, Palghat, Kerala, Southern India


Glad that this is ID'd by Ryan Brooks as Spirama retorta (Clerck, 1759)

Noctuidae, Catocalinae. Thank you Ryan!!


Artona sp (Artona hainana species complex)

(Thanks to Dr. Roger Kendrick for the ID)

Strange beast; all I can say is that it has a mouth and a tail. It moves mouth forward. I have no idea which butterfly or moth it grows into. Do you? I saw this in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India in January.


Sam2cents: elephant hawkmoth? Thanks for the lead. The colouring is different, though the mouth does look a bit like an elephant's trunk, and it does have coloured patches which mimic a pair of eyes. I read that other species also have false eyes, so this is not a clincher.

Rosa Gamboias, thanks for confirmation that it is a moth caterpillar.

Aambyvalley Rd.,Lonavala,Mah.,India


feeding on Leea asiatica, Mecca of the insect world!


I keep coming back to photos of moths which I took on a wall in the stairwell of the hotel where I stayed in Cherrapunjee. This stairwell had more kinds of moths than I have ever seen in my life.


I'm not an expert on moths, so any steps towards identifying this will be gratefully acknowledged.

Trypanophora sp./ Arachotia sp.?

Antheraea mylitta (Drury, 1773)


Collection spot- Chandwad, Nashik.

This was such a small moth I could have overlooked it: about a centimeter across. But the lovely yellow colour against the blue through the glass looked very attractive. I was lucky with the light: it brings out many details.


Any help with id would be much appreciated. I think this could be family Crambidae and perhaps subfamily Spilomelinae. Any opinions?

Macrocilix maia

( Many thanks to Dr. Roger Kendrick for the id) |


Two brilliant moths on a wall by moonlight, brought together by artifice. I may love to look at moths, but I have no idea what these two beauties are called. Anyone?


Adedotun Ajibade pointed me in the right direction. The one on the bottom is an uraniid moth, possibly Dissopumna erycinaria

Family: Sesiidae

Genus: Synanthedon

ID: Dominik Hofer .

This one has a funny shaped wings!

Cherrapunjee was moth heaven: a relatively small area on a single wall turned out to be a treasure trove: full of moths which I had never seen before, and cannot identify. Apart from the species identification, I am puzzled about why these three stunningly coloured beasts have lined up. Is it just randomly?

Ambyvalley road,Lonavala,Mah.,India



These two stood with their backs to each other all night. I found them in the morning still frozen in their attitudes, not talking to each other. Apart from this little social chill, Cherrapunjee is fantastic for moths and insects of all kinds.

from deciduous forests of Trichur, Kerala, southern India

Aambyvalley rd.,Lonavala,Mah.India


to test what I read i touched it...well, for a moment i stepped back, it's squeak was loud and clear.thankfully it was daytime.

reminds me eeriely of the famous book Silence of the Lambs

some astonishing facts about this moth

Acherontia lachesis is a large (up to 13 cm wingspan) Sphingid moth found in India and much of the Oriental region, one of the three species of Death's-head Hawkmoth, also known as the Bee Robber. It is nocturnal, and very fond of honey; they can mimic the scent of honey bees so that they can enter a hive unharmed to get honey. Their tongue, which is stout and very strong, enables them to pierce the wax cells and suck the honey out. This species occurs throughout almost the entire Oriental region, from India, Pakistan and Nepal to the Philippines, and from southern Japan and the southern Russian Far East to Indonesia, where it attacks colonies of several different honey bee species(Wikipedia)

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Ambyvalley road,Lonavala,Mah.India


Near Kaziranga National Park in Assam I found a moth hiding in very colourful surroundings. I'm a true dodo at identifying moths, so any help will be gratefully accepted. This is probably the same as one I've seen in Mumbai.

Aambyvalley Rd.,Lonavala,Mah.,India

Every weekend during the monsoon a good fraction of Mumbai lands up near the Bhushi dam in Lonavala. A few steps from the path up to the reservoir are unseen gems of nature. I saw this strange insect as I was crouched under a nightshade bush photographing its colourful and poisonous berries.


Any help with identification will be greatly appreciated. (Frasspile started me off with the family identification: it is a plume moth, family Pterophoridae. I understand that the funny wing shape is characteristic of this family of lepidoptera.)

Mangina astrea f. paradalina Drury, 1773

Argina cribraria Clerck. 1759 (pardalina form)

Erebidae, Arctiinae, Syntominae


Differs from argus in the head, thorax, and fore

wing being orange-yellow or whitish ; abdomen and hind wing bright

orange, the markings similar.


Many forms of this moth such as dulcis, paradalina, guttata & pylotis see details in


Reference: Hampson - Moths Vol. 2 (see p. 51 & 52 )


is rare in occurrence here in north Maharashtra as i got only single specimen in the survey period of three years....

Micronia aculeata (Guenée, 1857)

Uraniidae, Microniinae


(Host Plant: vatakaka volubilis)

This strange looking moth was about 4" wide & was so beautiful.

Mumbai is full of different varieties of moths every October: for a month after the end of the monsoon. This is a low light photo, compensated so that the colour of the moth appears to be true.


In the one week of moth infestation I've seen only one individual of this species.


I'm a true dodo at identification, so any help with genus and species or common names would be appreciated.

Ambyvalley road,Lonavala,Mah.,India


Its a Fruit-piercing Moth

Ambyvalley Rd.,Lonavala,Mah.,India




Thanks Ryan Brookes for Id.

Two moths on a wall. The white is the lovely white palpita moth (a crambid). Itchydogimages tells me that the other is a Glyphodes canthusalis (a pyraloid). Each of them is around 2 cms across, perhaps slightly larger. The tiny third insect could be a fly.

In defensive posture..when disturbed

Host plant Tinospora sp.

(Thanks Roger for the identification)

Size variation in Daphnis nerii


Family- Sphingidae

Macroglossum belis Linnaeus, 1758

Family - Sphingidae

collection spot - Nanduri ghat, Nashik.

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