They say moths are dull colored insect compared to butterflies. Well, I guess they are wrong because moths can be as bright and can be even brighter than butterflies.
They say moths are dull colored insect compared to butterflies. Well, I guess they are wrong because moths can be as bright and can be even brighter than butterflies as manifested by the list of brightly colored and pretty moths below.
1.) Crotalaria Moth (Utetheisa lotrix)
The colorful Crotalaria Moth of the Arctiidae family can be found throughout the tropical areas of Africa and Asia. This lovely-looking moth has a wingspan of about 30 mm.
2.) Ornate Moth (Utetheisia bella)
The Ornate Moth is a brightly colored moth that can be found in the eastern part of the United States. It has a wingspan of up to 46 mm. This pretty moth is also commonly known as Bella Moth.
3.) Polka-Dot Wasp Moth (Syntomeida epilais)
The Polka-Dot Wasp Moth is a beautiful creature with symmetrical design on both sides of its wings. This moth species is endemic to the Caribbean. This species is also called the Oleander Moth after the Oleander plant, from which its caterpillar feeds from. It is one of the few day flier moths.
4.) Zygaena fausta
Zygaena fausta is an attractive and brightly colored species of moth that belongs to the Zygaenidae family. This moth is remarkable for its red and black markings.
5.) Jersey Tiger (Euplagia quadripunctaria)
Another lovely and colorful moth species is the Jersey Tiger. It can be found in Europe and Asia and has a wingspan of up to 58 mm.
6.) Comet Moth (Argema mittrei)
With four eyespots and a unique tail, the Comet Moth looks stunning. This moth species is endemic to the island of Madagascar. It has a wingspan of up to 20 cm and a tail span of 15 cm which makes it one of the largest silk moths in the world. The adult moth cannot feed and only lives for 4 to 5 days. This uniquely structured moth is also commonly known as Madagascan Moon Moth.
7.) Golden Emperor Moth (Loepa katinka)
The Golden Emperor moth is a colorful moth species with eyespots on its wings. This pretty moth can be found in South Asia and Southeast Asia.
8.) Ceanothus Silkmoth (Hyalophora euryalus)
The Ceanothus Silkmoth is unique and captivating moth species that can be found from British Columbia to Baja California. It has a wingspan of up to 127 mm.
9.) Green-banded Urania (Urania leilus)
One moth with the most striking appearance is the Green-banded Urania. It is moth species that can be found in South America and the Caribbean. It has a wingspan of about 70 mm.
10.) African Moon Moth (Argema mimosae)
The African Moon Moth is a very large silk moth that can be found in South Africa. This giant moth can measure up to 12 centimeters across its wingspan, and up to 14 cm long from head to the tip of its elongated 'tail-like' second pair of wings. It is also striking in appearance due to the eye-like markings on its wings.
11.) Hercules Moth (Coscinocera hercules)
The mighty and strong Hercules Moth is native to New Guinea and tropical regions of Australia. It is the biggest moth in Australia and one of the biggest in the world with a wingspan of 27 cm.
12.) Spanish Moon Moth (Graellsia isabellae)
The Spanish Moon Moth is moth species endemic to Spain where its common name was derived. It is a remarkable moth for its unique wing design and structure. It can also be found in France.
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