Thursday, March 1, 2012

Tropical Swallowtail Moth (Lyssa zampa) Sumatra Indonesia


Photos in this post were taken in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia. This large moth is Tropical Swallowtail Moth (Lyssa zampa).  Though it is not a good specimen, we can see its swallowtail-like at the hind wing of this moth. There is a white strip extended from the fore wing at the discal to the hind wing on the upper side of the wings. This white strip surronded the dark brown color of the fore wing and hind wing. Out side this white strip, the color of the wing is light brown. The upperside of thorax and abdomen is hairy. There also many black stripes over its forewing especially at the costa. The size of its wing span is about 150mm.




At the under side of the fore wing, there are many small black stripes over the greyish brown background color. The thorax and abdomen is greyish brown in color. This moth is from the family of Uraniidae under genus of Lyssa.

Taxonomy:
Kingdom: Animalia - animals
Phylum Arthropoda - Arthropods
Class Insecta - Insects
Order : Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths
No Taxon : Moths
Superfamily : Geometroidea
Family : Uraniidae - Swallowtail Moths
Genus : Lyssa
Species : L. zampa
Binomial name : Lyssa zampa (Butler, 1869)

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyssa_zampa
http://www.mothsofborneo.com/part-8/uraniinae/uraniinae_1_1.php


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