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Pompelon

Pompelon marginata

Description:

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.

Notes:

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

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22 Comments

ceejayalyssa
ceejayalyssa 7 years ago

a very pretty moth

Dr.PonMalar
Dr.PonMalar 8 years ago

beautiful..

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Fabulous,

SeanWeekly
SeanWeekly 8 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 8 years ago

This is a jewel, fantastic spotting

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 8 years ago

Awesome..!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Wow!!!

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 8 years ago

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

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Congratulations Sean, this cool but deadly moth has been chosen to represent Asia in the Project Noah blog today! http://blog.projectnoah.org/

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

Spectacular color contrasts!

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 9 years ago

Nice Sean!!! Beautiful creature!!!!! you can add this to the new "color blue" mission:
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8382...

SeanWeekly
SeanWeekly 9 years ago

Thank you for the comment SandraH

SandraH
SandraH 9 years ago

great shot

SeanWeekly
SeanWeekly 9 years ago

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

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 9 years ago

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

IanMichaelIleto
IanMichaelIleto 9 years ago

Wonderful photo Sean and great googling Eric ^_^

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 9 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
Matthijs 9 years ago

very nice!

DiveMUster
DiveMUster 9 years ago

Love the electric blue colours!

SeanWeekly
SeanWeekly 9 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 9 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
KhairinSaili 9 years ago

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

SeanWeekly
Spotted by
SeanWeekly

Singapore, Singapore

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

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