Tuesday, April 02, 2013
\ വീട്ടില് വന്ന ഒരു നിശാശലഭം!!(Photo from Adimali, Idukki) The Moon Moth (അമ്പിളി നിശാ ശലഭം) has a very soft colouration of very pale green forewings with white at the base. It has four spots on its wings, perhaps to confuse predators who would love to take the large insect as their meal.“Despite the bigger size, Moon Moths also have an interesting life cycle. The Mature Moon Moths only live for about a week.The Luna moth is considered rare. The Moon Moth belongs to the family Saturnidae which has both the largest moth in the world as well as the largest moth in India. Moths can be commonly seen in our gardens too, though often misidentified as butterflies. Moths usually have a thick and fuzzy body compared to the thin smooth body of butterflies. Moths hold their wings flat against their bodies when resting, but butterflies usually held their wings vertically. The ends of the antennae are thin or often feathery in moths while butterfly antenna ends with rounded clubs.If you walk across the grass in your garden you will see some small insects fly off and hide under grass blades or other leaves. They may possibly be micro moths.