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Iloilo City, Western Visayas, Philippines
Beautiful moth! The black spots on the tip of its hindwing look like tiny hearts.
Hi arc, here is another reference link https://www.inaturalist.org/observations...
Hello John B. Thanks for your suggestion on how to look for them, I usually go out at night to look for organisms and would sometimes use a uv light but I guess they're extremely rare because I've never seen a single one despite living my whole life here nor heard anyone finding a scorpion. I did some research and there are a few scorpion spottings found on the island I live on but most of these spottings are found in well-forested areas, there is no chance I'll spot one in a city. The only time I saw a scorpion was at an exotic animal expo held at our school and it was most likely not a native species.
Hi John B. here are some photos of Chrysodema dalmanni in the Philippines. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations... they look quite similar to your spotting. Here are also photos of Chrysodema manillarum https://www.inaturalist.org/observations... Surprisingly, the two photos of Chrysodema manillarum are taken in the same city I live in and resemble a Chrysodema sp. I found it dead on our doorstep a while ago, I preserved the dead insect in alcohol. I've also seen a live one on our mango tree.
Wow! I had never seen a wild scorpion in the Philippines, wish to spot one someday.
Nice spotting John B! It looked like a hummingbird at first glance.
Hello John B. I'm extremely thankful for your help. The links you gave me are helpful and they're pretty similar to my photos, but I've found so many species that look extremely alike to each other and have the same geographic range. It's almost impossible to find the exact species with my blurry photos. I'll keep this spotting at genus level just to be sure. Thanks anyways John B!
John B. Thanks for the comment. After I took these photos, the caterpillar pupated a few days later but it, unfortunately, didn't emerge. I also find these caterpillars and other species eating my Alocasia which is also closely related to Caladium as both are from the Aroid family. I sometimes find these caterpillars annoying as they devour my whole plant and when I release the adults they come back and lay their eggs on the same plant that's just starting to recover from the devastation. I have no choice but to sacrifice my plants for them. These days they stop coming back as most of my Alocasia plants are gone.
Hello Wildspirit, It's hard to distinguish each other. Just put Erionota sp. if you are not sure.
Not exactly sure, the view of the ventral side of the wing might better help with identification.