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Leucaloa eugraphica, Ranomafana, Madagascar It's pretty bizarre how for such a large and extravagant moth, there barely are any reference photos. If eye catchers like these aren't even documented, it explains how much we struggle to ID the little ones. Africa,LepiLED,Leucaloa eugraphica,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Ranomafana National Park,World Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Leucaloa eugraphica, Ranomafana, Madagascar

It's pretty bizarre how for such a large and extravagant moth, there barely are any reference photos. If eye catchers like these aren't even documented, it explains how much we struggle to ID the little ones.

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  1. Absolutely stunning! Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thanks! Posted 6 months ago
  2. This moth is beautiful!! Did you pet it? Good point about the documentation! Posted 6 months ago
    1. Lol no, I generally don't touch my subjects. Only when a moth is in an impossible position I may try to move it. Posted 6 months ago
      1. Haha, well, you know I like to touch...respectfully and gently, of course. Posted 6 months ago
        1. I know, and to each their own. My main reason is that I have no desire to touch them if not needed, but I do also have a practical reason: we're usually covered in insect repellent, I'd not do any insect any favors touching them. Posted 6 months ago
          1. Oh, yes - that would be bad. It's great that you are so conscientious!

            I do try not to touch and know that it's a tricky issue: there are those who say never touch so that you don't disturb nature, and then there are those who kill the critters and pin them in their boxes. Then, the gray area - the in between. I'm not judging any part of this spectrum. I prefer to leave nature as I found it...but, humans are part of nature and I connect by touching when appropriate. I am always gentle and find that if you sit quietly and put your hand out, many creatures will climb right on. They are curious about me, just like I am about them. I sound like I'm defending myself, haha. But, I'm not because I know that you totally get it...whether you are touchy or not ;).
            Posted 6 months ago
            1. Yep, no need to defend touching. There's nothing wrong with it. As it comes to insects, there's not even a defense needed to kill and collect. I don't touch or kill (or at least try not to) but I pass no judgement. It's just a different style, that's all :) Posted 6 months ago

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''Leucaloa eugraphica'' is a moth of the family Erebidae, Arctiinae subfamily. It is known from South Africa and Lesotho.

The larvae feed on ''Thunbergia alata'', ''Heliotropium sp.'', ''Lonicera sempervirens'', ''Tagetes erecta'' and ''Acacia mearnsii''

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Sep 11, 2019. Captured Jul 13, 2019 20:01.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/13.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO64
  • 105mm