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Arctiidae Moth

Creatonotos gangis


Male of C. gangis showin the coremata, scent organs used to spread pheromones. Class: Insecta Order: Lepidoptera Family: Arctiidae Genus: Creatonotos Species: C. gangis (Linnaeus, 1763)


Tropical wood, low land


Synonyms Phalaena gangis Linnaeus, 1763 Creatonotos continuatus Moore, 1877

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65 Comments (1–25)

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Project Noah followers have probably not escaped the latest social media viral video... Beyond sensationalist titles and fear mongering, learn about the amazing tiger moth Creatonotos gangis from Project Noah ranger, blogger and field guide author Eric Eaton, a.k.a. Bug Eric:

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 6 years ago

Fantastic capture! Congrats.

Unbelievable moth! Congratulations Juan.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Congrats. Spectacular.

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Congratulations Juan Manuel, your amazing image of Creatonotos gangis showing coremata has been chosen to illustrate our dayly fact for National Moth Week 2017:

What an amazing National Moth Week we have had... we're sad to see it end! Thanks for all your fantastic submissions. If you've been too busy mothing to be able to upload all your photos to the Moth of the World mission please note that our Moth Week patch will be available automatically until August 4th. Tomorrow we'll announce our Spotting of the Week, a moth of course. In honor of this year’s focus on tiger moths, Project Noah ranger, National Moth Week organizer and Cornell University entomology student Jacob Gorneau is bringing us interesting facts about tiger moths (Erebidae: Arctiinae):
Plants produce chemicals known as secondary compounds which serve a variety of functions, notably to defend themselves from herbivores. Herbivores such as moths, however, how found ways to avoid the harmful effects of these compounds, often using them for defense. These chemicals can have other effects as well. Male moths have structures known as coremata that use pheromones to communicate with females. In the tiger moth Creatonotos gangis, the development of the coremata is controlled by secondary compounds! You can see the coremata at the end of the abdomen of the moth in this picture!



WOW!! it was wonderful to watch the video, specially to see a Moth like Juan Manuel's, coremata actually come out in the video.. : )
Thank you, Juan Manuel and AmazonWorkshops.

Cool video AmazonWorkshops! Thank you for sharing the link!

AmazonWorkshops 10 years ago

check out this video link. at 48 seconds it shows a moth like this unfurling its coremata!

Juan Manuel
Juan Manuel 10 years ago

Tnx, Leana! Wow! great pics in that community. I liked it!

Thank you Juan Manuel for the info. BTW it was also shared at the Philippine Lepidoptera community at

Juan Manuel
Juan Manuel 10 years ago

Tnx, all of you! Wow, Ashley T, More than 28.000 visits to the pic and more that 2.000 coments, Amazing!
Many people asked me how can this moth fly with this. Ok, the answer is it can't. The coremata is a pneumatic system. Apears and dissapear in seconds, it's just a "device" for the short distance. In the long distance the pheromones involved are spread by the females.

Same here, Congratulations, Juan Manuel. That is an incredible picture of an incredible Moth...I hope it does not try to fly with that...did you say it is called a coremata? do not think it would get very far... it is "huge"!!

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

What a beauty! Belated congratulations!

AshleyT 10 years ago

Beautiful, Juan! Scroll down on this page, they feature your moth and properly give you credit for it as well :)

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago

Incredible moth !! Thank you for sharing Juan.. :)

TamiLohf-Gottwalt 10 years ago

how unusual.great find.

Juan Manuel
Juan Manuel 10 years ago

Thanks to all, boys and girls. I am really overwhelmed by your congratulations and for the patch that has been given to me. I know that this photo has been only a fruit of the luck, and if any of you had been there, were obtained it, probably taking a photo much better than mine. Only I can say to you that I feel lucky to have been there and to have "naturalistic partners" as you. I love you!

TKBotting 10 years ago

What the..... Oddest moth I've ever seen!

rams4d 10 years ago

Amazing, Awesome, Impressive, I had never see that kind of insect. Very interesting. Congratulations, nice picture !!!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 10 years ago

Gorgeous! Hail mother nature! Congrats Juan!

YurianaMartínez 10 years ago

never seen such a creature!! congrats Juan Manuel!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 10 years ago

wow!!! amazing... congratulations.....

Sonia Daponte
Sonia Daponte 10 years ago

Wow! So awesome! Congrats Juan

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 10 years ago

Congratulations Juan. Beautifully strange!

NuwanChathuranga 10 years ago


Juan Manuel
Spotted by
Juan Manuel

Santa Ana, Cagayan Valley, Philippines

Spotted on Sep 24, 2013
Submitted on Sep 24, 2013

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