Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Brahmaea Hearseyi

This is the Indonesian owl moth (Brahmaea Hearseyi) pictured at the Awaji Yumebutai. Butterflies and moths belong to the order Lepidoptera which contains over 180,000 species, however, only about 10 percent are butterflies while the rest are moths. Moths are often overlooked for their "more attractive" butterfly cousins, yet many are quite beautiful in their own right.


  1. that one is interesting, looks like eyes on the wings!

  2. Yea, if I am not mistaken the pattern is to mimic an owl or larger predatory birds face to ward off the moths natural predators - though this fellow is a little cross-eyed.