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Fruit Piercing Moth

Eudocima sps.

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Spotted this beauty on a night trail in the forests of Agumbe, one of the hottest biodiversity hotspots of Western Ghats of India.

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3 Comments

ornithoptera80
ornithoptera80 3 weeks ago

Wow, Great shot Vipul. Thanks.

Tukup
Tukup 3 weeks ago

Great shot Vipul. Thanks for sharing.

Saturniidae27
Saturniidae27 3 weeks ago

Nice spotting Vipul. These are very common during monsoon season in the Western ghats. Thanks for sharing :)

Vipul Ramanuj
Spotted by
Vipul Ramanuj

Karnataka, India

Spotted on Jun 20, 2019
Submitted on May 8, 2020

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