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Indian moon moth

Actias selene


Usually a nocturnal creature Moon Moths have one of the most amazing wing patterns with very pale green forewings which have white at the base. Despite their size, Moon Moths also have an interesting life cycle. The Luna Moths don’t eat at their last stage when they transform into a winged insect. In fact Moon Moths don’t even have a mouth at all ! Their sole purpose of living is to mate. The Mature Moon Moths only live for about a week.


Dry mixed deciduous forest of the Aravallli Hill range in Gujarat.


The Indian Moon Moth belongs to the family Saturnidae which has both the largest moth in the world, the Hercules Moth as well as the largest moth in India Atlas moth.

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Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 5 years ago

Congrats Vipul nice spotting!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 5 years ago

Beautiful! Well deserved SOTD.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 5 years ago

Congrats Vipul for the SOTD! I've been trying hard for this moth but no success till date! I've seen it but coudn't take a photo! You are lucky!

Beautiful capture Vipul,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Vipul Ramanuj
Vipul Ramanuj 5 years ago

Thank you so much :)

AshleyT 5 years ago

Congrats Vipul, this beautiful moth has been chosen as Spotting of the Day!



DanielePralong 5 years ago

Beautiful image and great notes Vipul! As we would like to feature this spotting I've allowed myself to add the scientific name for you.

Vipul Ramanuj
Spotted by
Vipul Ramanuj

Gujarat, India

Spotted on Sep 15, 2012
Submitted on Sep 22, 2016

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