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Emperor moth

By Shutterlad  
We visited the Kruger National Park last week. The day we arrived we found 3 different colored emperor moths at the cabin we stayed at. The adult emperor moth is a spectacular insect. Males have a complex pattern of grey, dark brown and orange markings on their upper forewings, with prominent eye spots, colored black and yellow resembling the eyes of an owl. There are similar eye spots on the upper hindwing, these set against an orange background. Females also have the eye spots but set against a background that is a combination of buff-grey and white patterns. Both sexes have long fur on the thorax. When fully-grown, the caterpillars are handsome creatures, green with black bands around each segment of their body. They are also covered with pinkish or orange lumps, from which grow tufts of black hairs.

Tags: Insects General Moths Macro photography Wildlife and nature

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
22 Nov 2010 12:46PM
What a stunning moth, Chris, and very well captured. Love the 'owl eyes', great for scaring off predators. Carol

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22 Nov 2010 1:25PM
Excellent capture
User_Removed 8 48 1 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2010 1:44PM
Great capture, it looks like an aliens face.
Suehh 11 39 6 England
23 Nov 2010 2:53PM
Wonderful looking moth - thanks for sharing that with us
doolittle 8 2 2 South Africa
1 Dec 2010 12:45PM
Upside down - good idea.

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