Sunday 15 October 2023

Marbled White Moth

Marbled White Moth (Nyctemera adversata, 粉蝶灯蛾).

When I walk through the bushes, I see many small moths scattering off to find new leaves to perch underneath; only at night are they more active. Marbled whites are conspicuously larger than their cousin moths and an active presence during the day. Wherever there are large hosts of pollinators, there is often one of them, slowly and deliberately sampling flowers. They show an utter lack of concern for predators: like they are flaunting their toxicity.

Marbled White Moth by Xiang River