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Beauty lies in the details! A macro photograph reveals how amazingly colourful moths can be. Interestingly, this moth has a feeding tube (proboscis) that is up to 25 mm long, barbed and strong enough to penetrate tough rind of fruits and to suck out the juices. The hole then becomes an entry point for fungi and bacteria. Eventually, the fruit starts to rot and falls. The damaged fruit produces a smell that attracts other moths.
Spotted this beauty on a night trail in the forests of Agumbe, one of the hottest biodiversity hotspots of Western Ghats of India.