Eudocima phalonia (Common Fruit-piercing Moth)
This gorgeous Fruit Piercing Moth visited our home about two days ago in the afternoon.
We took a couple of photos of this amazing beauty. Is it a butterfly or moth, we wondered?
I posted in the Facebook Group of Butterflies in Singapore and Malaysia and was delighted and thankful to get confirmation of its identity from one of the members, Gan Cheong Weei.
Eudocima phalonia is a fruit piercing moth. Not a very colourful tropical moth but attractive all the same.
The moth is medium-sized with wingspan about 80–94 mm in male. Palpi with third joint long and spatulate at extremity. Fore wings with non-crenulate cilia in male, crenulate in female.
Do check out at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eudocima_phalonia for in-depth information on Eudocima phalonia and be astounded by photos of this moth.
- Scientific name: Eudocima phalonia (syn.: Eudocima fullonia)
- Common name: Common Fruit-piercing Moth
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Class: Insecta
- Order: Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)
- Family: Erebidae
- Genus: Eudocima
- Species: E. phalonia
Distribution range: Found in large parts of the tropics, mainly in Asia, Africa and Australia. It is introduced in other areas such as Hawaii, New Zealand and the Society Island.
Hostplant(s): The larvae feed mainly on vines belonging to the Menispermaceae but are also known to feed on Erythrina crista-galli, Erythrina fusca and Erythrina variegata.