Sunday, 6 July 2014

the Five- Spot Burnet

I have given this moth it's own post as I wanted to give some space to demonstrating it's feeding. This day-flying moth is sluggish and easy to approach, hence sitting still long enough for me to try and capture it's movements. They have little to fear from birds or other predators as their bodies contain cyanide. The cyanide seeps from the joints on the legs and thorax if the moth is persistently attacked.

the proboscis is just visible here and ready to unfurl. The proboscis is a slender tubular structure that acts like a straw through which the moth drinks it's food.It has a sharp beak like tip for reaching into flowers for nectar or piercing fruit.

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