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Pellucid Hawkmoth

Cephonodes hylas

Description:

Large moth with transparent wings.Fuzzy body with terminal part being yellow. Maroon band above the yellow. Mossy green with white stripes above that. Head is green. Abdomen white.

Habitat:

It was lying quietly on the cemented area near a tap in my garden. A couple of ants were on its legs. I picked it up and placed in on the boundary wall where a shaft of early morning sunlight had fallen. The ants dropped off. The moth was very sluggish...may be at the end of its life cycle or just cold?

Notes:

25 October 2016: It was still where I had placed it for safety but barely stirring. Its wings are really special;http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/blogs/creatura-blog/2015/01/pellucid-hawk-moths-wings-like-invisibility-cloak

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17 Comments

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Thanks, Doc
@DrNamgyalT.Sherpa

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 4 years ago

Congrats Sukanya for the SOTD!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Thanks Nidhin, Hema, armadeus.4.

Great Bangla Hema ...:)

Nidhin Basheer
Nidhin Basheer 4 years ago

Congrats Sukanya :)

Hema
Hema 4 years ago

beautiful Sukanya,Khoop bhalo aaachi ;)

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 4 years ago

Congratulations Sukanya! Very well deserved. Great images, great story, thank you for sharing :)

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Thank you, Daniele, Gilma, Diaz José Miguel, and dandoucette.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

What a lovely, lovely surprise. Thank you so much, Rangers. I am so happy to get the SOTD but happier to have been able to share it on PN. Many thanks.

Congratulations on the SOTD, wonderful spotting, SukanyaDatta,

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Congratulations Sukanya, this beautiful moth is our Spotting of the Day!

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Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 4 years ago

What a beauty

dandoucette
dandoucette 4 years ago

Beautiful! Love the hummingbird moths.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Delighted to have been able to. Thank you, triggsturner.

triggsturner
triggsturner 4 years ago

Great spotting Sukanya. Great colours. Thank you for sharing it.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 4 years ago

Wow Sukanya! I used to see these types of moths during my school days only - not now!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Thanks JamesPriest2. The wings are really crystal-like transparent.

JamesPriest2
JamesPriest2 4 years ago

The wings are amazing. Makes it look like a cross between another type of insect

SukanyaDatta
Spotted by
SukanyaDatta

Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Oct 24, 2016
Submitted on Oct 24, 2016

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