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A lovely day flying moth.


Yes, I know I wrote about these not long ago, but here they are again with some different pictures, also showing the caterpillars of this lovely moth, .....Milionia zonea

The Caterpillars can be quite large and are colourful, like this one, which has been feasting on the conifers that you will be standing under if you see them, drop on long lines of silky thread from the tree tops to the ground below, where they pupate, and then all at once, these lovely moths can be seen struggling up grass stems, shrubs and stems to get to the light, unfurl their wings and take flight.

The orginal picture below.

According to my source...Roger Kendrick... Milionia zonea has recolonised Hong Kong in late 2015 after an absence of at least some 400 years.

According to Roger, this species is very special (besides being so beautiful and flying in the day time, unlike most moths), as according to him and his research -

I quote the Hong Kong Moths blogsite

" i)this species wasn’t known in recent history to have been seen in Hong Kong. The first documented observation occurred in January 2016. (2) – because the larvae are somewhat voracious diners on Podocarpus, the larvae have a pretty bad PR problem. Podocarpus is an expensive horticultural asset linked to good fung shui in Hong Kong. A small tree costs thousands of HK$ !"Link to full article:

https://hkmothsblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/milionia-zonea-in-hong-kong/?fbclid=IwAR20Xi2eg4_A9w9bdIlKYwe5yEqUs6HHobKdHj4BZhl1yDV6yGsfPQUzxbM

Another caterpillar, but this one is probably not going to make it....

This is a moth...and a species of Geometridae family, in which most of the members are night flying moths. But, this species is a day flying moth with colourful wings, and some hatchlings have brilliant blue bodies. This lovely creature was first described by Francis Walker - an English entomologist- in 1854 whilst working with the British Museum.

Milionia zonea

#moth #daytime

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