A medley of moths I: Asota species

Asota plana plana (Doi Ang Khang)
Asota plana plana

Asota plana Walker, 1854. A moth in the family Erebidae in the superfamily Noctuoidea which is found between 1,000 to 1,900m. I took this photograph at Doi Ang Khang, in northern Thailand, well below the peak at 1,928 metres. The subspecies Asota plana plana is found in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. The larvae are very striking, coloured black with yellow rings around each segment and festooned with long white hairs; definitely aposematic! (1). The host plant is said to be Ficus (Moraceae).

The moth flew onto a pane of glass, which resulted in an attractive photograph (below) even though it was taken with a small compact camera. I have rotated the image from the vertical to the horizontal plane for added impact! It is one of my favourite images and shows that you do not need to spend a lot of money on equipment to get interesting images. But you do need to get lucky now and then!

Asota plana plana (Doi Ang Khang) on window pane.jpg
Asota plana plana

The large, and very attractive moth, Asota (=Anagniasubfascia, shown below, is another member of this genus. This specimen appeared on the balcony outside my hotel room one night in Pattaya. Another species with a wide distribution, including India, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Taiwan. It seems to have gone through a number of name changes as it was also previously named, Peridrome subfascia Walker, 1854.

Asota subfascia (Walker, 1854). IIjpg
Asota subfascia
  1. http://www.natureloveyou.sg/Minibeast-Butterfly/Caterpillar_Asota%20Plana/Main.html

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