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Giant Uraniid Moth

Lyssa menoetius

Description:

The Giant Uraniid Moth can be found in the Philippines and the Borneo, Sangir and Sulawesi Islands. They are quite similar to Lyssa zampa.

Notes:

It was found in a very weak state by one of my students where I work. We fed it some sugar water and let it recover fully before being released later that evening.

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9 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Fantastic

Awesome series Jhan,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago

Congratulations!

Spotting of the Day? Wow, what an honor! Thanks to all of you! I'll tell my students about this too. :)

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 3 years ago

Congratulations Jhan-Curt!!! Lovely story. Thank you for sharing :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Thanks for the description Jhan-Curt, I can now see clearly the difference.

Also, congratulations, this beautiful moth is our Spotting of the Day!

"Your never know what's going to turn up in your classroom! This beautiful giant uraniid moth (Lyssa menoetius) is our Spotting of the Day. Teacher Jhan-Curt Fernández writes: "It was found in a very weak state by one of my students. We fed it some sugar water and let it recover fully before being released later that evening. It was quite a delight for my students and myself to nurture it back to health". Lyssa menoetius is similar to Lyssa zampa, and is known from Borneo, the Philippines, Sulawesi and Thailand".

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Thanks, @DanielePralong and @maplemoth662. It was quite a delight for my students and myself to nurture it back to health. Well, about the difference between L. menoetius and zampa, L. menoetius is grey all throughout the outer side of the two white lines on its wings whereas L. zampa has a light grey (almost white) highlight that tapers back to dark grey. (Sorry that I don't know what those wing markings/parts are specifically called—I am not an entomologist. lol)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Great images Jhan-Curt Fernández! You never know what is going to turn up in your classroom :-)
I am curious as to what are the criteria to differentiate Lyssa menoetius from Lyssa zampa?

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 3 years ago

Three, beautiful moth photos....

Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Philippines

Spotted on Feb 24, 2018
Submitted on Feb 24, 2018

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