Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Beautiful Fruit Piercing Moth (Eudocima cocalus)


This photo was taken in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia. This is a fruit piercing moth (Eudocima cocalus). It has the body lengt of 45mm and the wing span about 90 to 100mm. The fore wings look like green leaves, while the hind wings have a beautiful plain orange color with thick black border before white small half circle surrounding it at the terminal.  Unlike other species under Eudocima genus, the hind wing of this Eudocima moth does not have black mark at the center of the orange color. The color of the abdomen is orange and hairy.


The legs are green, and we can see from above photo that the tibia of front leg is much larger then other leg part. The head is elongated which resemble to a long nose upward.

This moth is belong to the family of  Noctuidae under the tribe of Calpini genus of Eudocima.

Scientific Classification:
Kingdom : Animalia - Animals
Phylum : Arthropoda - Arthropods
Class : Insecta - Insects
Order : Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths
No Taxon : Moths
Superfamily : Noctuoidea
Family : Erebidae
Subfamily : Calpinae - Fruit-piercing Moths
Tribe : Calpini
Genus: Eudocima
Species: E. cocalus
Binomial name : Eudocima cocalus (Cramer, 1777)

References:
http://www.mothsofborneo.com/part-15-16/calpini/calpini_4_3.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eudocima_cocalus
http://www1.ala.org.au/gallery2/v/Noctuidae/Catocalinae/Eudocimacocalus/
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/cato/cocalus.html

You might also like: