The Castor Oil Semi-Looper, Achaea janata, is a Noctuid moth, the caterpillars of which are termed 'semi-loopers' due to their mode of locomotion and feed on Castor Ricinus communis and both Brassica and Ficus species. It is found from the Indo-Australian tropics and subtropics, extending south to New Zealand and east through the Pacific archipelagoes to Easter Island.
Under a porch light on my verandah.
I saw this lovely moth fluttering around my kitchen window, obviously attracted to the internal lights. I went to have a closer look and inadvertently turned on the exterior light. Immediately attracted to its bright glow, it raced towards it, and so did this gecko http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/248... The moth was captured within seconds. I grabbed my camera, and as I moved in to get some pics the gecko released its prey. The bite mark can be seen on its back, just behind the head. The poor old moth survived the night and I found it in the garden this morning, but whether it will die of its wounds is anyone's guess.
Lat: -27.51, Long: 153.02
Spotted on Jan 24, 2014
Submitted on Jan 25, 2014
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