Discover a Species: Creatonotos gangis

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Creatonotos gangis is a type of arctiine moth usually found in Australia and South East Asia. The adults have white and brown wings with a wingspan of about 4 centimeters. The abdomen is usually red in color but sometimes yellow. The males have 4 large scent organs called coremata (as seen in photo) which can extend the length of its abdomen. Males secrete pheromone to attract females.

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Subfamily: Arctiinae
Genus: Creatonotos
Species: C. gangis

Source:

Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley (January 2, 2010). “Creatonotos gangis (Linnaeus, 1763)”. Lepidoptera Larvae of Australia. Retrieved February 19, 2011.

Herbison-Evans, Don & Crossley, Stella (23 October 2017). “Creatonotos gangis (Linnaeus) Hairy caterpillar”. Australian Caterpillars and their Butterflies and Moths. Retrieved 17 November 2018

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