Moth eaten

Stay in Hong Kong for a while and you are sure to meet Lyssa zampa. About the size of my hand, this moth is very common and often flies by day. This one was hanging in our Frangipani tree, which any self-respecting horticulturist will note is suffering from some form of rust.

Lyssa zampa

Lyssa zampa

Look at the rear wings and you can see one has considerable damage. I suspect a bird has tried to catch this moth. This is a classic example of a moth that is so common that I assumed I must have plenty of shots of the species. I found very few. It is a common mistake to ignore the common stuff.

Here is a head shot from a while back and note also the beautiful patterning along the edge of the wing.

Lyssa zampa

And to show another example of a moth sporting tail streamers, this time without damage, here is Ourapteryx clara.  Not quite the size of LZ but still impressive.

Ourapteryx clara

Ourapteryx clara

I hope you like moths 🙂

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