Subject: Moth with Glowing Eyes from Guam
Location: Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, Micronesia
November 27, 2012 12:34 pm
I’m living on Guam and these big fluffy moths are everywhere around where I work at night, their soulful eyes shining back at me when I turn the flashlight onto them (their eyes really do shine from as far off in the dark as a cat’s).
These photos were taken on Sept 11th of this year, but they seem to be present year-round. I was trying to capture their eye-shine when I took the pictures (do a lot of insects have significant eye-shine? I’ve never noticed).
Thank you so much for your time and the resource you provide!
Signature: Globe Trotting Canid
Hi Globe Trotting Canid,
Certain nocturnal moths, especially Sphinx Moths and Noctuids have eyes that reflect back strong light sources like the electronic flash of your camera. This is a Sphinx Moth in the family Sphingidae, and we haven’t the time to identify the genus or species at this time. Should you determine its identity, please let us know.
Thank you kindly!
That’s a step closer to identifying it than I was before – thank you
again! I’ll let you know if I stumble across the answer.