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Bombycid Moth

Penicillifera sp.

Description:

White. Fluffy area on the back, just behind the head. Looks like it doesn't have hind wings so the abdomen is bare.

Habitat:

Drawn towards the porch light of the cottage at Neora Valley Jungle Camp, Village Kolakham; a remote and forested area.This place is situated at an altitude of 1868m in the Kalimpong Hills of Darjeeling District, on the fringes of Neora Valley National Park

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9 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Magic.

kfox
kfox 6 years ago

This is why I love Project NOAH. There are so many smart and passionate people on this site!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Thanks ChunXingWong...I will check it out...enjoy the Kolakham moths....so many need names and so many more waiting to be uploaded. Thanks again.

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 6 years ago

Not much are known about the Bombycids compared to other moths. They have a habit of hiding their hind wings under their front wings and will expose their hindwings to look larger when threatened. They also love to bend their tail / abdomen. My guess on this species is Penicillifera sp.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Thank You, bayucca.

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

This is a Bombycidae. Cannot tell you more about the genus and species. There is not much info about them.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/haneesh/97...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/77436133@N...

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

Great collection of moths!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Thanks kfox. I will check it out.

kfox
kfox 6 years ago

This may be in the hawk moth family (Sphingidae). It has a lot of resemblance in morphology to the Army Hawk Moth.

SukanyaDatta
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West Bengal, India

Spotted on Mar 24, 2015
Submitted on Apr 5, 2015

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