Saturday, 29 November 2008

Tropical Swallowtail Moth (Lyssa zampa)

Adult Tropical Swallowtail Moth (Lyssa zampa - unknown subspecies) at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - July 2016

OTHER NAMES: Laos Brown Butterfly
Featured Subspecies: ?
Wingspan: 100mm-160mm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated 

A colossal species of moth, vastly larger than any species in the UK to the point where it is larger than many birds in it's range.  The tropical swallowtail moth is a species that as a larvae feeds on plants from the rubber tree family.  It is often seen in cities as it is attracted by the lights at night, and indeed this species flew out of a flowerbed in a heavily managed garden beneath the Petronas Towers.

Related Species:
Order: 
Lepidoptera 
Family: Uraniidae 
Genus: Lyssa 
SUBSPECIES: L. z. dilutus, L. z. docile, L. z. najabula

 - Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - A common resident.
 - MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: Fairly common in Kuala Lumpur

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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