The Madagascan Sunset Moth is a brightly colored day-flying moth native only to the island of Madagascar.

The moth's wings are iridescent and appear in shades of black, red, green, and blue. However, much of the moth's wings contain no pigment at all. The flashy colors are created by the curvature of the scales on their wings that reflect light in different angles, giving the appearance of color.

The Madagascan Sunset Moth is toxic to most predators, and its colorful wings may actually serve as a warning to predators to leave them alone.

Bug Facts

  • Scientific Name: Chrysiridia rhipheus
  • Size: 7 to 9 cm (3 to 3.5 in) wingspan
  • Diet: Nectar from white and yellow flowers only

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