Subject: A silk moth of sorts?
Location: Jungle near. Lonawala, Maharashtra, Indian
September 22, 2016 1:43 pm
I took these photos at night in late monsoon season in the Western Ghats of. India near Lonawala. It was the second or third time I had seen this fantastic moth but not on consecutive seasons. The colour is not touched up and in the day was still a stunning brilliant yellow colour, like a classic deep daffodil yellow!
This spectacular moth is a Golden Emperor Moth, Loepa katinka, a species we identified on Global Biodiversity Information Facility. The Golden Emperor Moth is also pictured on Project Noah.
Many thanks for identifying this moth. Yes, spectacular, isn’t it! Golden Emperor suits it to a ‘T’. And found also in Taiwan, which makes me wonder if it is not an import to India.