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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.

Macrocilix Maia Moth


Scientific Classification

  • Family: Drepanidae
  • Genus: Macrocilix
  • Scientific Name: Macrocilix Maia

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.

Adult Moth

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

Season: May

Macrocilix Maia



Eggs are laid close to the host plant.

Quick Facts

DistributionBorneo, China, India,  Japan,  Korea, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, and Taiwan.
HabitatForests, jungles
Lifespan of AdultsNot recorded
Host PlantsChinese Cork Oak
Adult DietDoes not feed

Did You Know

  • English entomologist John Henry Leech first described this species in 1888.
Macrocilix Maia Moth Image


Macrocilix Maia Moth Picture


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