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Malaysian moon moth

Actias maenas

Description:

Approximately 10 inches width. Beautiful red tails. The species is considered to form a super-species complex that includes Actias ignescens Moore 1877 (Andamans), Actias isis (Sonthonnax 1897) from Sulawesi and Actias groenendaeli Roepke 1954 from Flores, Timor and Sumba. Actias rosenbergii (Kaup 1895) from Ambon is of doubtful status. This species is further divided into subspecies with the nominate form from Continental Asia and A. m. diana Maassen 1872 from Sunda and in the Philippines.

Habitat:

A recovering tropical jungle near a clean, unpolluted, clear and pristine river stream.

Notes:

Spotted it on a trail by a river stream in a tropical jungle reserve in Pahang, Malaysia. The night before was a raining and the river had swollen. Have not seen it around the area before.Thanks to NuwanChathuranga, I now know it is a "Malaysian" Moon Moth and not a "Madagascar" Moon Moth - since I took the photo in Malaysia... duh! Thanks!

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Malaysian moon moth (male)
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18 Comments

MelindaKiser
MelindaKiser 3 years ago

That's the most stunning creature! Thanks so much for sharing!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

Congratulations! One of my favorite moths world-wide.

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Congrats kevo, your spotting is featured in the Project Noah blog http://blog.projectnoah.org/post/5644164...

injica
injica 8 years ago

Gorgeous! :)

Seema
Seema 8 years ago

spectacular

Ric3
Ric3 8 years ago

Vivid colors; and a background of green really makes it pop.

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Stunning moth kevogecko!
Welcome to Project Noah!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Wow!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 8 years ago

The most beautiful moth I've ever seen! Stunning!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

Beautiful!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Terrific moth spotting, and welcome to Project Noah! Could you add this to my mission, "Moths of the World?"
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8841...

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Wow! What a beauty!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Super fresh-looking

ianmaton
ianmaton 8 years ago

Fantastic moth! Great spotting.

kevogecko
kevogecko 8 years ago

Thanks, Maria! It was huge - so pretty hard to miss.

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

And welcome to Project Noah!

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

What an absolutely gorgeous moth!

kevintan71
kevintan71 8 years ago

This looks very similar to a Madagascan moon moth but the markings is very different. Could it be some other species?

kevogecko
Spotted by
kevogecko

Pahang, Malaysia

Spotted on Feb 13, 2013
Submitted on Mar 11, 2013

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