Christmas Moth Surprise!

Dear All – I was lucky to spend xmas with my parents in the forest. As I walked back from a small chapel at the edge of the rainforest in Western Kenya after a Christmas carol service, I noticed something large flapping about in the bushes by the path… At first it looked like a bat, but on taking a closer look…

It turned out to be this spectacular African White-ringed Atlas Moth…

African White-Ringed Atlas Moth

African White-Ringed Atlas Moth

This picture gives you a sense of the size. Many thanks to all for comments, and more from the world of bugs soon!

Have a fabulous dudu xmas!

Have a fabulous dudu xmas!

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  1. Dana
    Posted December 28, 2010 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Dino – absolutely stunning photo – the patterns and size are amazingly beautiful. Nice end to your Christmas day!

  2. Brenton
    Posted December 28, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    An incredible moth! Living art!

  3. Fleur Ng'weno
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 3:30 am | Permalink

    Fabulous photos, Dino!
    In October some years ago we saw this moth in Kakamega Forest. It was fluttering on the ground, and at first sight the wing edges looked like two small snakes.
    What is the scientific name?
    Wishing you a bright 2011, Fleur

  4. dududiaries
    Posted December 31, 2010 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    Hi Fleur, Thanks for your comments and glad that you like the photos. The moth’s scientific name is Epiphora mythimnia – mostly feeds on Croton sylvaticus at Kakamega Forest… Yes, the snake ‘eye’ pattern on the wing tips is striking. Sadly these moths don’t live long as adults – a couple of nights at most before they lays eggs. Best wishes, Dino.

  5. Joan Pont
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    I would like to borrow the pattern for my next weaving project, thanks for the inspiration. Does she (or he) need a runway to take off?

  6. Demelza Sully
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Just beautiful, absolutely stunning….

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