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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.
a very pretty moth
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
This is a jewel, fantastic spotting
Congrats sean on being highlighted in the blog. What a great moth!
Congratulations Sean, this cool but deadly moth has been chosen to represent Asia in the Project Noah blog today! http://blog.projectnoah.org/
Spectacular color contrasts!
Nice Sean!!! Beautiful creature!!!!! you can add this to the new "color blue" mission:
Thank you for the comment SandraH
Thanks Ian! Eric well searched and thanks again for the ID mate!
Thanks Ian. Got lucky there I guess. Others are so hard to identify :-)
Wonderful photo Sean and great googling Eric ^_^
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 :-)
Love the electric blue colours!
Eric Thanks so much for the ID how did you manage to ID it. Are they harmful then? Hope your well.
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 :-)
nice...i ever see this before in the wild
Spotted on Aug 22, 2011
Submitted on Aug 22, 2011
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