Creatonotos gangis (Tiger Moth sp.)


Creatonotos gangis is a remarkable moth species that has evolved an ingenious way to find mates – even if they’re several kilometres away.
It spreads its pheromones using enormous, inflatable hairy appendages that unfurl from deep inside its abdomen.
These coremata (which means “feather dusters” in Greek) are used by the males to waft a cocktail of chemicals into the surrounding environment.
These coremata can be as long as the moth's body which reaches just under 5cm in length.
These chemicals have a dual function – when females are exposed, the chemicals act as both an aphrodisiac and tranquiliser, but when males of the same species get a whiff, they serve as a handy repellent to drive the competition away.
It is found in the northern Australia and all across South East Asia.

Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge, Queensland, Australia, 28 October 2022

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