Lymantriinae sp. larva: Tussock Moth caterpillar

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The Lymantriinae are a subfamily of moths of the Erebidae family.

Many of its component species are referred to as “tussock moths” of one sort or another. The caterpillar, or larval, stage of these species often has a distinctive appearance of alternating bristles and haired projections. Many tussock moth caterpillars have urticating hairs [often hidden among longer, softer hairs], which can cause painful reactions if they come into contact with skin.

The subfamily Lymantriinae includes about 350 known genera and over 2,500 known species found in every continent except Antarctica.

Photos: Pasir Ris Park and Nature Reserve, Singapore [20160228]

Source: Wikipedia

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Hemaris diffinis: Snowberry clearwing moth

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The snowberry clearwing [Hemaris diffinis] is a moth of the order Lepidoptera, family Sphingidae.

It is about 32–51 millimetres [1.25–2 in]. The moth’s abdomen has yellow and black segments much like those of the bumblebee, for whom it might be mistaken due to its color and flight pattern similarities. The moth’s wings lack the large amount of scales found in most other lepidopterans, particularly in the centralized regions, making them appear clear. It loses the scales on its wings early after the pupa stage by its highly active flight tendencies. It flies during the daylight much like the other hummingbird moths, but it may also continue flight into the evening, particularly if it has found a good source of nectar.

Photos: Chamblee, GA, USA [20150725]

Source: Wikipedia

Daphnis hypothous ssp.: Hawk moth caterpillar

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Daphnis hypothous is a moth of the Sphingidae family. It is known from Sri Lanka, southern and northern India, Nepal, Myanmar, southern China, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

The wingspan is 86–120 mm. It is a very fast flyer and is attracted to both sweet-smelling flowers and light.

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Most instars are green with a brown backward curving tailhorn and a pair of white or red and yellow dorso-lateral stripes. Some instars have various coloured markings along the sides, including a blue eyespot on each side of the metathorax. The final instar is reddish brown.

Photos: Ciledug, Jakarta 12320, Indonesia [20140612]

Source: Wikipedia

Lyssa zampa: Tropical swallowtail moth

Lyssa zampa, which is also known as the tropical swallowtail moth is a species of moth of the family Uraniidae. It can be found from Himalaya to Borneo and the Malay Peninsula.

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The moth has a wingspan of 100–160 mm. The moth is most abundant from June to November depending on the location.

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The larvae feed on Endospermum and other members of the rubber tree family [Euphorbiaceae].

Photos: Singapore [20140524]

Source: Wikipedia

Actias luna: Luna Moth

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Actias luna, commonly known as the Luna Moth, is a lime-green, Nearctic Saturniid moth in the family Saturniidae, subfamily Saturniinae. It has a wingspan of up to 4.5 inches [114mm], making it one of the largest moths in North America.

This moth is found in North America from east of the Great Plains in the United States to northern Mexico and from Saskatchewan eastward through central Quebec to Nova Scotia in Canada. There have been sightings as far south as central Florida.

Photo: Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, Callaway Gardens, GA.[20130901]

Source: Wikipedia

Spoladea recurvalis: Hawaiian Beet Webworm Moth

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^ Above and under a tiny yellow flower Oxalis stricta [yellow woodsorrel].

Spoladea recurvalis or Hawaiian Beet Webworm is a species of moth of the family Crambidae. It is found worldwide, but mainly in the tropics. The wingspan is 22–24 mm. The moth flies from May to September depending on the location. The larvae feed on Spinach, Beet, Cotton, Maize and Soybean.

Photos: AtlantaGAUSA [20121003]

Source: Wikipedia

Yellow ‘Hairy’ Moth

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This small moth flew like a falling leaf. When I zoomed my camera and took it picture, I was not aware of its beauty. Only when I view it on my computer screen I could see that it has some kind of glitters 🙂

Unfortunately I could not find the scientific name. Here is a photo of Yellow ‘Hairy’ Moth I found on the internet [3rd photo from the last].

Photo: HortPark, SG 20120630