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Zygaenid Moth

Thyrassia philippina

Description:

This day-flying toxic moth contains hydrogen cyanide (HCN) throughout all stages of their lifecycle. Unlike most insects with such toxins, they obtain glucosides from feeding on birds-foot trefoil (Lotus) so they can use HCN as a defence. However, they are capable of making HCN themselves, and when in an environment poor in cyanide-producing plants, synthesize it themselves. - wikipedia

Habitat:

Urban garden.

Notes:

Spotted for National Moth Week 2016.

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Nueva Ecija, Philippines

Spotted on Jul 28, 2016
Submitted on Jul 28, 2016

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