Ctenuchina Moth

an Arctiidae, possibly a Ctenuchina, from Eldoret, Kenya, Africa. December 2015. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at Eldoret, Kenya, Africa. Dec. 2015.

Unlike the majority of moth species, ctenuchina moths are active during daylight hours. Bright colors accented by irridescent blue and black make them very conspicuous - in daylight. Their behavior is consistent with a minimal threat of being predated by a bird or other visual predator. This is easiest to explain if the moth harbors toxic compounds that would deter predation.

Arctiidae -- Moth Family (Erebidae)

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Kenya Natural History

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