Friday, May 23, 2014

Lyssa Zampa - Tropical Swallowtail Moth

Lyssa zampa is a large moth, measuring around 6 in across. It is also known as the Tropical Swallowtail Moth due to its long trailing hindwings. This moth presents in shades of chocolate brown varying from light to dark. A distinctive oblique white stripe runs across both the fore and hind wings giving it a striking 'V' pattern.

A large moth, Lyssa zampa appeared in my garden with a torn right forewing. It perched on the vine of Bauhenia kockiana (Rangoon creeper) for some respite from its misadventures.

Masses of Bauhenia kockiana along the vine add much hot and vibrant colours to the garden.

 Pendulous branches carry terminal inflorescences. A single seed pod forms on one of the older clusters.

   A Lyssa zampa moth made a  surprise visit to our garden. Later in the evening it perched on the wall of the outdoor/ Asian kitchen.

The eyes generally appear black as in the previous photo (also the first and second ones too) but may manifest as an iridescent red globe from certain angles and under bright lighting.

The anterior edge of the forewings has an interesting band of black and white zebra hide markings. As with most moths a luxuriant coat of fur covers its back.

The hind wings are elongated like those of swallows ...

 and end in white.

 Cuttings from The Star, Updated on 5 June 2014:


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