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Walker's Frother

Amerila rubripes (previously known as Rhodogastria rubripes)

Description:

Medium size moth with beautiful scarlet legs. 5cm wingspam

Habitat:

NT, Australia

Notes:

The adult moth when disturbed, exudes a frothy yellow fluid from glands beside the eyes, and makes a sizzling noise.

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4 Comments

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 6 years ago

There's now doubt whether my spotting was actually a Walker's Frother - http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/663...
Do either of you, Gina or CataAna, know anything about Donovan's Amsacta Tiger Moth (Aloa marginata)? e.g. How similar is it to the Walker's Frother?

CataAna
CataAna 6 years ago

Thanks Gina! I was taking very close pictures of these moths, not aware of the poisonous froth. Lucky they did not see me as a threat...

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 6 years ago

Hey, I think I've just spotted one of these!
Thanks Gina for help with the ID! ... Wow, they have poisonous froth!! I'll be a bit more careful with them...

Gina9210
Gina9210 6 years ago

Rhodogastria moth, often have a bright red abdomen to warn others that they carry a deadly poison. When the moth is threatened, this poison oozes as a green froth from a gland on the back of its neck.

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Lat: -12.46, Long: 130.84

Spotted on Jun 27, 2011
Submitted on Jun 29, 2011

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