Sunset moth

California Academy of Sciences2015-09

California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco, CA, United States

It’s easy to see why the sunset moth was originally misidentified as a butterfly. Bright colors and daytime activity aren’t typical moth traits, but this Madagascar native is anything but ordinary. Zoom in close to see the tiny scales on its wings; their shape is what gives the moth its radiant hues.


  • Title: Sunset moth
  • Creator: California Academy of Sciences
  • Date Created: 2015-09
  • Location: Madagascar
  • Location Created: San Francisco, CA
  • External Link: Zoom in closer
  • Scientific Name: Chrysiridia rhipheus

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