During my trip to Fraser's Hill (FH) in Aug, I encountered many moths heading towards the corridor white fluorescent lights and landed on the walls, tables or on the floor.
There were many different kinds of moths of all sizes, shapes, colours and patterns - super diverse group of insects. First of all, two medium-sized brown moths.
However, the wing patterns on this moth - a male Cricula trifenestrata are quite delicate and nice.This is his female partner which has transparent spots on the forewings. Look at the glowing eyes of this moth.
Moths come in all kind of shapes - is this a T-shaped resting posture Plume moth from the family Pterophoridae ?What does it look like ? A small rat with a short tail ?
Take away the antennae and the head, this moth looks like a dry leaf ?
The body shape of this particular species of hawk moth in the family Sphingidae resembles a world war 2 propeller fighter plane on the runway ready to take off.
Another species of hawk moth (Daphnis hypothous ? ) that preferred the floor to the wall or ceiling. The size of moth species can vary a lot. The huge and spectacular Atlas Moth (Attacas sp) is bigger than our palm. In contrast, some are really small and tiny but can be brightly coloured like this species below.Some moths even have colourful-patterned abdomen or thorax. Just like butterflies, moths provide many beautiful and often startling illustrative examples of camouflage, warning colours and defensive colour patterns.A disguise or camouflage phenomenon displayed by insects to blend their body color and appearance with their natural environment in order to hide or to conceal from predators' sighting is called crypsis. Look at this cryptic moth which blends perfectly with the carpet.Some moths are endowed with brightly coloured wings and patterns which serve as warning and defensive ploys - a phenomenon described as aposematism.