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Actias maenas

Moths can be quite a sight and the malaysian moon moth (Actias maenas) is no exception. This species is found in Southeast Asia. The Malaysian moon moths exhibits sexual dimorphism (males and females look different). The females are larger than the males and are a pale yellow-green. The males have more extensive brown markings. They are ephemeral and only live up to a week because they have no mouth.


As is typical of the genus Actias, they both have long tail streamers. In other species of Actias, they have shown to be used as defense against bat sonar (bats are predators of moths). The tail streamers twirl behind them as they fly which ends up confusing the bats in regards to exactly where the moth is located.

Nautilus pompilius


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