Subject: Large Horned Moth
Geographic location of the bug: Indonesia (?)
Time: 06:06 AM EDT
Stumbled on this on facebook, wondering what this moth is.
How you want your letter signed: Thomas
Early this year we received an image of a similar looking Tiger Moth, also from Indonesia, and Arctiid expert Julian Donahue informed us: “the widespread Asian Creatonotos transiens displaying his coremata (androconia are specialized scent scales usually confined to the wings). You can see images here: https://hiveminer.com/Tags/creatonotostransiens/Recent and also if you Google the congeneric Creatonotos gangis you will see images of similar coremata.” Based on this Real Monstrosities image, we believe your species is the latter one. That site states: “Creatonotos is a genus containing about 10 species of moth found in parts of Africa, southeast Asia and Australia. Two species are particularly widespread and well known: C. transiens with their pale, orange abdomen and wings entirely white save for a few carefully-placed, black dots, and the more dramatic C. gangis. Their abdomens are red and they have lovely black stripes on their wings, as if someone was testing a brush before practising some Chinese calligraphy.”