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Erabus moth

Erebus ephesperis

Description:

This gorgeous big brown moth has a wingspan of 10 cm (3.9 inches). Found this info ... which also explains why I wondered if it was a butterfly at first: "Erebus terminitincta is an impressive large moth. It has dark brown wings with large eye spots and a broad white band that curves round the centre of the fore wings and rear wings. The eyes are prominent and antennae are filaments held out in front. It has a fluttering flight and moves like a large black and white butterfly." (See reference website)

Habitat:

Hills overlooking Manila.


No species ID suggestions

12 Comments

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 2 years ago

Hi Annvan. I think you noticed the flight very well. I didn't do that, may be that's why it was ok for me. From now on I'll notice their flying patterns too. Thanks for info. :)

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 2 years ago

Now think the species is ephesperis (see wikipedia ref.).

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 3 years ago

Hi Harsha! I think it was o.k. health-wise (although a lot of moths I see here seem pretty battered by our current rainy season). Apparently the way this moth flies is one of its unique characteristics: "It has a fluttering flight and moves like a large black and white butterfly." (See info above.)

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 3 years ago

Mine was flying like a moth and near the lights at night..so I had no doubt. This one could be in a bad health if it was not flying that well.

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 3 years ago

Thanks Sean!
Harsha, were you like me - and thought it was a butterfly at first because of the way it flutters around so 'delicately'?

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 3 years ago

Hey, I have it too. But now I got the ID too. It was very beautiful.

SeanWeekly
SeanWeekly 3 years ago

Nice Photo Ann!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 3 years ago

Welcome..!!

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 3 years ago

Thanks Ashish! :-)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 3 years ago

Great spotting..!!

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 3 years ago

He was like a living photoshopped-collage! :-)

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 3 years ago

Could someone give me a clue about this one's ID? ... It is a moth, isn't it?

Thanks!

Quiapo, Metropolitan Manila, Philippines

Lat: 14.60, Long: 120.98

Spotted on Aug 19, 2011
Submitted on Aug 19, 2011

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