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Grey Brahmid Moth

Brahmaea wallichii Gray, 1831


Large moth with intricate designs on both the fore and the hind wings. The prominent design colours are gold, blue, black and some reddish here and there. Wingspan: 155mm.


Cold place, thick forests with rhododendrons, weeping willows, ash, etc. Altitude: 8,000ft.


This is my first Brahmid Moth spotting. I did not know at what altitude they reside. This is quite a desolate place, in the sense that there are few hamlets scattered here and there and hardly any agricultural activities. The people here simply live on tourism and some of them on yak rearing.

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DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 2 years ago

Thanks Mark.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 2 years ago

Thanks Jacob Gorneau, Project Noah and PN Rangers for selecting my Brahid Moth as the SOTD. Thanks a lot.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Fantastic species. They really look 3D. Congratulations.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 2 years ago

Congratulations DrNamgyalT.Sherpa, your spotting has been selected as our spotting of the day!

Our spotting of the day is a beautiful brahmin moth, Brahmaea wallichii, spotted by Project Noah user DrNamgyalT.Sherpa! What an amazing sight!

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DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 2 years ago

Thanks ornithoptera80, Antonio, Sukanya, Ava T-B and Albert for making it favourite.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 2 years ago

Thanks Sukanya. Half-heartedly father-son stretched the white sheet that evening through the rain and luckily the light too came after sometime. Lo! And this was one of the first few visitors that night. I said to my family our treacherous trip was worth the ...

SukanyaDatta 2 years ago

This is one moth I REALLY want to see. Great shot, as usual Doc.

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Sikkim, India

Spotted on Jun 16, 2019
Submitted on Jul 25, 2019

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