Subject: moth ID
Location: South Africa
March 21, 2014 8:13 pm
Saw this gorgeous moth near the western entrance to Kruger national Park in South Africa, February, 2014. It’s wingspread was about 4 or 5 inches. Do you know what it is?
This beautiful moth is a Southern Cat’s-Eyed Emperor, Aurivillius fuscus, and it you disturbed it, you would see that its common name refers to the eyespots on the underwings which will startle a predator into thinking it might be about to be eaten by a much larger predator. The Southern Cat’s-Eyed Emperor is well represented on ISpot.
Thank you so much for identifying this moth. I can see how those eye spots would be intimidating. Ironically, the evening before I’d seen a rhinoceros beetle near the same spot. It’s pretty cool, too.