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Pompelon marginata


Pompelon marginata has electric blue wings covering red underpart that shows proudly only when it flies. This signals its toxicity - it is a cyanogenic moth - manufacturing and storing the respiratory toxin hydrogen cyanide.


I spotted this in a Botanical Gardens during an afternoon walk.

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ceejayalyssa 9 years ago

a very pretty moth

Dr.PonMalar 10 years ago


Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago


SeanWeekly 10 years ago

Thanks for the comments guys, I didnt even realise this moth was so unique when I saw him, At first I thought he was a butterfly :D

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 10 years ago

This is a jewel, fantastic spotting

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 10 years ago


MayraSpringmann 10 years ago


LarryGraziano 10 years ago

Congrats sean on being highlighted in the blog. What a great moth!

KarenL 10 years ago

Congratulations Sean, this cool but deadly moth has been chosen to represent Asia in the Project Noah blog today!

bayucca 11 years ago

Spectacular color contrasts!

LarryGraziano 11 years ago

Nice Sean!!! Beautiful creature!!!!! you can add this to the new "color blue" mission:

SeanWeekly 11 years ago

Thank you for the comment SandraH

SandraH 11 years ago

great shot

SeanWeekly 11 years ago

Thanks Ian! Eric well searched and thanks again for the ID mate!

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 11 years ago

Thanks Ian. Got lucky there I guess. Others are so hard to identify :-)

IanMichaelIleto 11 years ago

Wonderful photo Sean and great googling Eric ^_^

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 11 years ago

Hi Sean. There was a similar spotting last month I think that looked like it minus the blue streaks in the wing - just the blue outline. That got me curious already so started googling back then but to no avail. Until last night when I saw your spotting. Got lucky I saw a similar picture as yours and followed the trail from there. They are not particularly toxic to humans I think not unless you want to eat it Lol :-)

Matthijs 11 years ago

very nice!

DiveMUster 11 years ago

Love the electric blue colours!

SeanWeekly 11 years ago

Eric Thanks so much for the ID how did you manage to ID it. Are they harmful then? Hope your well.

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 11 years ago

Hi Sean. No Wikipedia mention of Pompelon marginata (EOL has no pic either) but if you google the name there are several sites with photos of this moth. Apparently this is a cyanogenic moth - toxic and exudes hydrogen cyanide when disturbed. Also has a striking scarlet body :-)

KhairinSaili 11 years ago

nice...i ever see this before in the wild

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Singapore, Singapore

Spotted on Aug 22, 2011
Submitted on Aug 22, 2011

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