sunset mothimage credit:

© InsaneShelton/Jennifer Shelton

Closeups of the Sunset Moth’s Wing Scales

© Charles Krebs

sunset moth wingimage credit: Charles Krebs – Nikon Small World 
Habitat: Madagascar
 Status: Not Evaluated 

The magnificent Madagascan Sunset Moth (Chrysiridia rhipheus) was first categorized as a butterfly in 1773 by Dru Drury but was later deemed a moth in 1831. It is a day-flying moth and most interestingly, the iridescent parts of the wings which make it so beautiful actually do not contain any pigment; rather, the colors originate from optical interference.

It is highly sought after by collectors and I can obviously see why. This is by far the most dazzling moth I’ve ever seen. What about you??