Sunday, 17 May 2015

Creature 229: Brahmaea

Crazy moth

Brahmaea is a genus of moth commonly called the Brahmin moth, or as a juvenile the Brahmin moth caterpillar.

The adults have some kind of psychedelic pattern which hypnotizes you if you stare at it too long. I used to wonder why venomoth could do psychic moves until I learnt about this moth. But all that is nothing compared to what the juvenile has going on:

I don't think we have figured out what those structures are for, but they do give it a bizarre appearance.

Brahmaea have an oriental distribution meaning they are found in a East and South East Asia including the South East Asian Islands as well as the Subcontinent.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Brahmaeidae
Genus: Brahmaea

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