Subject: Brown moth?
Location: Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
July 8, 2014 9:52 pm
I found this little fella almost everyday with broken wing on my floor. It’s a pitiful sight and I’m wondering if there is anything I can do for these moths besides moving them away from the floor? (My house-mates always tried to kill them if I don’t) I didn’t touch their wings though; instead I let them climb on my hands by their own before moving them away from the floor. I lived in a city, but these moths are literally everywhere. The wind is harsh too since the location is very near to the coast and because of the monsoon season and stuffs.
Signature: Concerned bug-lover
Dear Concerned bug-lover,
Thanks for resending the image. The first attempt resulted in a corrupted file that we were unable to open. This is a Tropical Swallowtail Moth, Lyssa zampa, and we first published an account of a sighting this year in April, and then in May, we made a second report from Singapore a featured posting that we just demoted to a normal posting in our archives after getting 153 Facebook “likes” on the posting. This year appears to have been and continues to be a year of numerous sightings. There are significant increases in the population of Tropical Swallowtail Moths every few years. Because of your concern for the disabled moths you keep finding, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award. Sadly, once the wings have been mangled, either by a human with a vendetta or a hungry predator, the moths will be unable to fly.