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Pink Silk Moth

Eudaemonia argus


While walking through the Bunso Arboretum in Ghana, to photograph butterflies, I came across these very delicate pink moths, mating. They were maybe 3 inches long from wing tip to the end of the tail, hanging on slender twigs along the side of the path. Many of them in little clusters along the trail. I hadn't noticed them the day before, and there were only 1 or 2 the following day. They were almost transparent and very fragile looking and fluttered slowly with the breeze.


The Bunso Arboretum is a protected forest reserve, spanning 16.5 hectares. Half of this area is semi-deciduous forest while the other half is made up of indigenous trees, along with fruits, nuts and timber tree species which have been introduced to Ghana by the Plant Genetic Resources Centre of Bunso.

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42 Comments (1–25)

pamsai 4 years ago

Thanks Lauren. Was quite an experience coming across them and they were only there for 1 day. perfect timing !

LaurenZarate 4 years ago

Amazing series Pam! I can't believe I missed this!

pamsai 6 years ago

Thanks everyone for all your comments, appreciation and favs...

pamsai 6 years ago

thanks Neil...

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

Stunning images, Pam, and a wonderful spotting. Congrats on your SOTW.

pamsai 6 years ago

thank you Robert...

triggsturner 6 years ago

Fantastic spotting Pam, congrats on your SOTW.

pamsai 6 years ago

thanks Leanne. It was gorgeous...

LeanneGardner 6 years ago

Congratulations Pam. What a beauty!

pamsai 6 years ago

thanks Karen...

KarenSaxton 6 years ago

So cool!

pamsai 6 years ago

thank you Gilma...

Congratulations Pam! Well deserved. Amazing in every way those little ones are. Thank you for sharing.

pamsai 6 years ago

Haha thanks Leuba...

armadeus.4 6 years ago

Congratulations Pam!!! These stunning little fairies are just amazing! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing :) Liana

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Congratulations to you Pam & to the little fairies !

pamsai 6 years ago

thanks Felix and Jellis. What a honour, and a boon for Ghanan Biodiversity.

Jellis 6 years ago

Beautiful Butterfly and nice spotting

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 6 years ago

So beautiful! Well deserved, pamsai.

pamsai 6 years ago

Wow Daniele ! What a surprise... I have been looking with wonder at so many beautiful moths during moth week. It's a great honour for Ghanan biodiversity that this little beauty was chosen as SOTW. It's a great country with so many beautiful butterflies and moths ( amongst other things of course! ), and it's a pity more people don't explore it. And what's more, the people are relaxed, happy and seemingly enjoy their life, even though poor. At least that is what I observed...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Congrats Pam.
One of the few spottings I have viewed and read several times. Truly beautiful little creatures.

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Congratulations Pam, your beautiful Pink Silk Moth, all the way from Ghana, has been voted Spotting of the Week at the of National Moth Week 2017:

Crowning the end of National Moth Week 2017, this beautiful Pink Silk Moth (Eudaemonia argus) has been voted Spotting of the Week by Project Noah's rangers team. Project Noah member pamsai came across several of these delicate moths in the family Saturniidae in a protected forest reserve in Ghana. Make sure to check the spotting for more shots and interesting notes:
Congratulations Pamela, and many thanks to all contributors for your beautiful spottings. It was great to see many of you returning for Moth Week; we do hope you'll stay a bit longer! In the near future we hope to post a report of our Moth Week results. Stay tuned!
Our Moths of the World mission:



pamsai 6 years ago

Yes dan, it was amazing to see them hanging there along the path with their tails fluttering in the breeze. So delicate...

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 6 years ago


pamsai 6 years ago

yes, wow indeed, Halley Rai

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Eastern Region, Ghana

Spotted on May 7, 2017
Submitted on Jul 26, 2017

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