Subject: Big moth
Location: USA River, Arusha, Tanzania
January 13, 2016 2:20 pm
Hey we live in Arusha northern Tanzania and saw this huge moth this morning. That’s my thumb for scale. What is it Please?
Signature: Thanks from the Wood family
Dear Wood Family,
This is a Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth, Bunaea alcinoe, though we cannot say for certain which subspecies. We will contact Bill Oehlke to see if he can provide the subspecies. We suspect he may request permission to post your image to his site and we hope you grant the permission. We get many more requests to identify the caterpillars of the Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth.
Yes both sightings recent. The Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth was yesterday morning, while the Giant Silkmoth was about a month ago or so I think but I’d have to check.
Of course Mr Oehlke can post either or both images to his site, with our pleasure.