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23-Dec-2010, 01:18 PM
Hi all, any idea what this moth is doing? Is it releasing pheromones?


28-Dec-2010, 12:22 PM
It probably is. There are numerous articles on the web describing the eversible structures in the male moth's abdomens that are able to release pheromones to attract females.

I recall that Siyang had earlier photographed a pair showing the same behaviour, but alas, the picture has been removed. You can ask him for the pics via his blog on his article here - http://uforest.blogspot.com/2009/06/mating-dating-and-dead-moths.html

He must've removed the pictures from his Flickr site.

You have a nice blog. You managed to shoot all these critters out in the night at the Chestnut area? :omg: http://sgn090608.blogspot.com/2010/12/101222-chestnut-avenue-area.html

29-Dec-2010, 05:02 PM
Wow you have quite a blog indeed.. enjoyed viewing the pics :)

10-Jan-2011, 10:54 PM
Thanks for the info! Siyang's post is very informative indeed.

Thanks also for visiting my blog guys. :)
Ya all shot within the same night, maybe about 3 hours there.

Oh, his photo is in this forum as well,
those scent organs are even more fantastic looking.