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African Peach Moth

Egybolis vaillantina

Description:

… a moth of the Noctuidae family. It is found in the Afrotropic ecozone. The wingspan is about 60 mm. The larvae feed on peach and Sapindus species.

Habitat:

Maputo, grassfields at the international airport. (meadowland)

Notes:

I had almost gave up on the Mozambican moths... I have tried to keep the balcony light on, but I think that the geckos out there are faster than me... Today my luck changed and I found this day active, metallic blue beauty! It was hard to take a picture of it since it just sat down for a few seconds before it flew off again... But I finally got some OK shots. I am happy to be able to contribute to moth-week :)

1 species ID suggestions

19 Comments

Tiz
Tiz 5 years ago

Thank you for the information about FB, Agnes. I would never have noticed if it wasn't for you :) That is an honor for me :) Daniele, I wish I spotted it in Zanzibar instead of an shabby old military camp... But I agree to the text you wrote to your spotting, it must have been old! The ones I saw were frenetically flying around... And thank you for your words rajestmohit12 :)

rajestmohit12
rajestmohit12 5 years ago

Very adorable.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 5 years ago

Nice one Tina! I spotted one last year "not so far" from you:
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/127...

Congrats Tina! I just saw this featured in the PN fb:
https://www.facebook.com/projectnoah?hc_...

Tiz
Tiz 5 years ago

Thank you very much Debbie :) I wish you a great weekend!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 5 years ago

Beautiful Moth Tiz!

Tiz
Tiz 5 years ago

Thank you Dotun! The flapping very fast so the first thing I noticed was a blue shimmer... I think it tock me 20 minutes to actually get two OK pictures. The guards at the place still thinks that I am a bit crazy! Hunting a "butterfly"... I am trying to get them to stop killing all the snakes they find there as well, easier said than done!

dotun55
dotun55 5 years ago

Gorgeous day-flying moth!

Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 5 years ago

Great series!!!

Tiz
Tiz 5 years ago

Thanks for your words Injica, they are inspiring! I will continue to look for blue items to our dear Jopy :)

injica
injica 5 years ago

Gorgeous, I have send to Jopy a link with this one few days ago, to show her another African blue beauty (she has this unnatural adoration for blue things ;) ) oh lucky you to have found it ;)

Tiz
Tiz 5 years ago

Thank you very much RiekoS :)

RiekoS
RiekoS 5 years ago

Very beautiful.

Tiz
Tiz 5 years ago

Excellent that you appreciate this fellow Adarsha. I have to say that I kind of love it to :)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 5 years ago

Fabulous designs! Loved it :)

Tiz
Tiz 5 years ago

Jakob, the moth is added to your mission, and thank you for your words. Sckel, thank you, and I will tell the moth to hide well if you are around :P

Sckel
Sckel 5 years ago

Beautiful moth, Tiz. I'm bad, I would try to capture it for me.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

Spectacular, Tina! Happy National Moth Week! Could you add this moth to my mission, "Moths of the World?" This will contribute to data which will be processed and then analyzed at nationalmothweek.org.
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8841...

Tiz
Tiz 5 years ago

Ha! that was fast! A huge thanks to you Jakob :) (you had an ID before I had uploaded the two last photos)

Maputo, Mozambique

Lat: -25.95, Long: 32.57

Spotted on Jul 24, 2013
Submitted on Jul 24, 2013

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