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Loepa sp. | Loepa sikkima?

Macrocilix maia

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

Mimicry

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 www.glogster.com/catherinereese/the-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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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....

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.

In defensive posture..when disturbed

Host plant Tinospora sp.

(Thanks Roger for the identification)

Size variation in Daphnis nerii

 

Family- Sphingidae

Moth at Saramsha Garden at Ranipool near Gangtok East Sikkim

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.

Artona sp (Artona hainana species complex)

(Thanks to Dr. Roger Kendrick for the ID)

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.

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!

 

Family: Sesiidae

Genus: Synanthedon

ID: Dominik Hofer .

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?

Ambyvalley road,Lonavala,Mah.,India

 

Sphingidae>Sphinginae>Acherontini

Ambyvalley road,Lonavala,Mah.India

Crambidae/Spilomelinae

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.)

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.

Ambyvalley road,Lonavala,Mah.,India

Noctuidae>Calpinae>Calpini

Its a Fruit-piercing Moth

Macroglossum belis Linnaeus, 1758

Family - Sphingidae

collection spot - Nanduri ghat, Nashik.

Theretra oldenlandiae (Fabricius, 1775)

Sphingidae, Macroglossinae

colletion spot - Dhule

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.

 

I reserve the word spectacular for this species, of which I've seen a few every year for many years. There is also a day light photo.

 

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

  

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