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Coconut Spike Moth

Tirathaba rufivena


Small, Pyralid moth, also known as greater coconut spike moth or oil palm bunch moth. The forewings are brownish and blue-green on the center with red-orange stripes. Judging through Wikipedia photos, this one is a female


Found this one on a pvc pipe, it is found from south-east Asia to the Pacific islands, including Malaysia, the Cook Islands, the Philippines and the tropical region of Queensland, Australia.


According to Wikipedia, they are a minor pest which mainly targets coconuts hence the name. I actually found this moth near one of our coconut trees which it might have just pested.

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Francis Floe

Iloilo City, Western Visayas, Philippines

Spotted on Nov 17, 2021
Submitted on Jun 5, 2023

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