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Blue tiger moth

Dysphania percota

Description:

The Blue Tiger Moth (Dysphania percota) is a moth of the Geometridae family that can be found in India. The larvae feed on Carallia species.

Notes:

Many Geometrids have slender abdomens and broad wings which are usually held flat with the hindwings visible. As such they appear rather butterfly-like but in most respects they are typical moths: the majority fly at night, they possess a frenulum to link the wings and the antennae of the males are often feathered. They tend to blend in to the background, often with intricate, wavy patterns on their wings. In some species, females have reduced wings and are flightless (e.g. winter moth and fall cankerworm). Most are of moderate size, about 3 cm across but a range of sizes occur. They have distinctive paired tympanal organs at the base of the abdomen (lacking in flightless females).

1 Species ID Suggestions

Ashish
Ashish 8 years ago
Blue Tiger Moth
Dysphania percota Blue Tiger Moth | Project Noah


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14 Comments

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Thank you Harumkoh :)

HarumKoh
HarumKoh 7 years ago

what a nice moth!!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Thank you so much Env!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

@Ruby : Thank you..I too thought it is butterfly until Ashish told n convinced me that its a moth! still cant believe my eyes :)

RubyPrakash
RubyPrakash 8 years ago

But fantastic Adarsha B S

RubyPrakash
RubyPrakash 8 years ago

I too thought this as butterfly.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

@Ashish : Yeah...when i saw your suggestion, i got surprised! When i saw it, i considered it as butterfly only !

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

If you observed they took calm long flights with lot of flickering of their wings. You assume sometimes they are butterflies....

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

@Maria : Thank u :) Added one more pic ....

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

What a beautifully colored moth! Nice capture

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Thank u for the ID Ashish..There were hundreds of them throughout our trek route! But very difficult to get!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Thank you Nuwan!
He came and sat on my friend's hand....

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

lovely colors!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Adarsha I spotted this beauty 3 times on high hill with undisturbed green forest.

Adarsha B S
Spotted by
Adarsha B S

ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಕನ್ನಡ, Karnataka, India

Spotted on Dec 1, 2012
Submitted on Dec 4, 2012

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