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Rustic eye moth

Spirama helicina

Description:

Large moth with two distinct "eyes." The "eyes"look rather like mirror images of inverted commas. Wave-like pattern towards the bottom (middle part) of the wings and a triangular design in the middle of the body, as if a patch has been glued on.

Habitat:

Cottage wall at Neora Valley Jungle camp.About 3 hours drive from Siliguri (coordinates shown) to the remote forested and hilly village of Kolakham. Drawn to the porch light. It barely sat for a moment and all I got were two shots where part of the wings were in shadow. Then the moth flew away and I retired a little sad. The next day (dawn) I saw it sitting on the wall of my cottage as if waiting for me to take a photo!

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7 Comments

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 years ago

Thank you Dr Sherpa....sorry for the late response...had completely missed it.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 3 years ago

Great spotting Sukanya!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 years ago

Thanks IrinaSh...I loved its looks too, :)

IrinaSh
IrinaSh 3 years ago

Wonderful moth!! Cool photos!

doctorsutaparay
doctorsutaparay 3 years ago

Oh! You finally got it then..Good...it is a nice big moth. Pretty too.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 years ago

Yes, isn't it. I was delighted to spot it. Many thanks, Pradeep.

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 3 years ago

Gorgeous moth!

SukanyaDatta
Spotted by
SukanyaDatta

West Bengal, India

Spotted on Jun 6, 2016
Submitted on Jun 13, 2016

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