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Geometrid Moth

Iotaphora iridicolor


Exquisitely patterned. I cannot describe the shades and hues. Beyond me...still marvelling.


It came and sat on me...I carefully encouraged it to sit on my hand and the let it fly away. I saw these moths at least once every different spots...wall, floor, the resort I stayed in at Village Borong. Sikkim. Pretty sparsely populated unspoilt hilly area.

Notes: We called it Alpana moth. Alpana is a design(s) drawn on the floor for festive occasions using rice-paste suspended in water...these days poster colours are also used.

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SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Thanks dandoucette. I was so thrilled to see this moth and imagine my joy when it actually settled on my palm.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 6 years ago

Truly amazing!

SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Thank you, Dr Sherpa...we were told about the hot spring but we did not go anywhere...just lazed at the Club 8000 Brang Mountain Resort. I remember seeing your photo of this moth on rained on the last two days and there were few moths. but we saw many nice ones..apart from the leeches (3 got me) it was all good. Thank you. You are lucky to live in Sikkim; lovely state.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 6 years ago

The other day I was typing something here but the line went conk! Nice to know that you were around and spotted this jewel in a place called Borong. Yes, that's a remote village in South Sikkim. The place's famous for the hottest hot water spring in this region.

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Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Spotted on Oct 21, 2015
Submitted on Oct 30, 2015

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