Moths of Thailand

Oleander hawkmoth

Oleander hawkmoth

After dark the butterflies are replaced by moths that are as diverse in terms of species richness as their diurnal cousins. Some of the more visually striking species belong to the Hawkmoth family. The name comes from the hawk-like shape of their wings that are designed to sustain rapid flight.

Yam hawkmoth

Giant Arum hawkmoth

Hawkmoth

Hawkmoth

Impatiens hawkmoth

Impatiens hawkmoth

Oleander hawkmoth caterpillar

Oleander hawkmoth caterpillar

One of the giants of the moth world is the spectacular Thrith’s Emperor moth. Not as large as the Atlas moth, but still quite impressive.

Thriths Emperor moth

Thrith’s Emperor moth

Owl eye moth

Owl eye moth

Eyed rustic moth

Eyed rustic moth

Another interesting species is the Orange fruit piercer, which as its name suggests feeds on fruit by piercing its skin.

Orange fruit piercer

Orange fruit piercer

And then off course there are Tiger moths, that tend to look almost fluffy.

Tiger moth

Tiger moth – Aloa lactinea

Tiger moth catepillar

Tiger moth catepillar

The diversity of moth species in Thailand is truly astounding. No matter how many species you have already seen, there are dozens more to see in the same location.

Hypomecis cineracea

Hypomecis cineracea

Unidentified species

Unidentified species

Psilogramma increta

Psilogramma increta

Unidentified species

Meganoton nyctiphanes

Unidentified species

Unidentified species

Unidentified species

Unidentified species

Spaniocentra sp

Spaniocentra sp

Trabala vishnous

Trabala vishnous

Unidentified

Unidentified

Trigonodes hyppasia

Trigonodes hyppasia

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2 Comments

  1. Bostjan Dvorak August 30, 2016 at 8:33 pm #

    Great photos of wonderul creatures; Thank You for sharing!
    The unidentified species (next below Psilogramma increta) is a Meganoton nyctiphanes.

    Nice wishes from Berlin,
    Bostjan Dvorak

    • Margarita September 6, 2016 at 10:35 am #

      Thank you so much Bostjan! I appreciate the tip.

      Cheers,
      Margarita

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