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Owl moth

Erebus ephesperis

Description:

Moths in the genus Caligo are commonly called owl owl moths, after their huge eyespots, which resemble owls' eyes. Owl moths are very large, 65–200 mm (2.6–7.9 in), and fly only a few metres at a time, so avian predators have little difficulty in following them to their settling place. However, the butterflies preferentially fly in dusk, when few avian predators are around. The Latin name may possibly refer to their active periods. Some owl moths form leks in mating behavior.

Habitat:

Oriental Region to Taiwan, Japan, Sundaland and Lesser Sundas east to Timor.

Notes:

Larva is sluggish and retiring, feeding by night, lying by day on the stems of the host plant, near the roots, or on the ground or a branch of the tree that supports the host vine. The defensive posture involves bunching and curling the anterior part of the body as in Eudocima. Pupation is in a cell amongst leaves drawn together.

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Owl moth
Erebus ephesperis ::The Moths of Borneo::


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15 Comments

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Thank you Vasudha :)

vasudha548
vasudha548 8 years ago

Great spot

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Thank you Carol and Leanne!

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 8 years ago

Wonderful moth!

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Wow! What a beauty Adarsha!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Thank you Jakubko !

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Spectacular, Adarsha!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Thank you Rieko :)

RiekoS
RiekoS 8 years ago

How beautiful!. Very nice series.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Thank u Agnes! May be because of face like owl, its called so!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Thank you for the ID n appreciation Nuwan!

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

very nice!

Lovely! Looks like a bird's face :)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

@Luis: It was pretty big...horizontal width of around 6-7 cm....I was amazed to see it on my chair in front of TV!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 8 years ago

.Great spotting Adarsha. How big was it?

Adarsha B S
Spotted by
Adarsha B S

Shimoga, Karnataka, India

Spotted on Jan 13, 2013
Submitted on Jan 16, 2013

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