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Sunset Moth

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Kelsey Hornsby

on 7 May 2013

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Sunset Moth By Kelsey Hornsby Classification The sunset moth has two defense mechanisms: camouflage and it has bright colors to warn predators of toxicity. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Lepidoptera Family: Uraniidae Genus: Chrysiridia Species: Chrysiridia rhipheus Feeding The moth feeds strictly on it's host plant, the Omphalea. They are instantly attracted to the plant's nectar. Defenses Breathing &Locomotion It is day flying while most moths only fly at night. The sunset moth flies, like other moths. Stucture The iridescent parts of the wings do not have any pigment; the color comes from the refraction of light. It also has an air-cuticle-multilayer that creates optical interference. The scales are curved, creating a mechanism of inter-scale reflection. Reproduction The females lay their eggs late in the afternoon or at nightfall. After they hatch, the caterpillars only eat the tissue between the veins of the leaves. The caterpillars are a whitish-yellow color with black spots and red feet. The sunset moth breathes through its mouth. Habitat & Migration Sunset moths live in Madagascar. They seasonally migrate from the dry deciduous forest in the west to the eastern rainforest species. The eastern species is unprotected and suffers deforestation. Madagascar Eastern Rainforest Video
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