Macrocilix Maia Moth (Macrocilix Maia)
The macrocilix maia moth is a member of the family of Drepanidae moths. It is most well-known for its unique patterns and pungent odor that act as a deterrent against predators.
Description and Identification
The larvae are creamy-white, with dark brown lines longitudinally down its body. Some species show a reddish-brown suffusion throughout their bodies.
Once they are mature, the caterpillars begin to pupate.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.
Color and Appearance
When the wings are open, a pattern is observed that looks like flies eating bird droppings. When the wings are closed, the patterns remain observable.
Average wingspan: 3.7-4.5 cm
Flight pattern: Erratic
Eggs are laid close to the host plant.
|Distribution||Borneo, China, India, Japan, Korea, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, and Taiwan.|
|Lifespan of Adults||Not recorded|
|Host Plants||Chinese Cork Oak|
|Adult Diet||Does not feed|
Did You Know
- English entomologist John Henry Leech first described this species in 1888.